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TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 



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TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 



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S^r SBtontierfttI UW^tntavtn of l^utte anti BeltnQa* 



BY 



LUKE THEOPHILUS COURTENEY, 



EDITED BY A LONDON PHYSICIAN, 



WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY HABBY FUBNI8S, 



AND OBIOINAL SCIENTIFIC DB AWING S BY L.T.C. 



LONDON : 

WARD AND DOWNEY, 

12, YORK STKEET, COVENT GARDEN, W.C. 

1887. 
lAU BighiB Beserved.^ 



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PEEFAOE. 

I HAVE written out the following story from a 
rough MS. found in my waiting-room one morning, 
some time ago, after all my patients had left. After 
vain endeavours to discover an owner for it, I care- 
fully read it through, and thinking its extraordinary 
way of teaching physiology likely to bO useful, have 
published it. 

In doing so I have carefully verified all that 
directly touches on physiology, and am surprised at its 
accuracy. Even the measurements (taking 100 yards 
= 1 inch) are correct. I am afraid as much cannot 
be said for the scientific part. Many of th^ in- 
ventions described are quite new to me, and I 
think go a good deal farther than science has as 
yet advanced. About half-a-dozen diagrams, drawn 
with some care, accompanied the MS.^ signed L.T.C.; 
besides an ostentatious "Belinda fecit,^' that looks 
as if the young lady claimed a share of their merits* 
These, after a little touching up, will be inserted. 



VI 



PBEFAOE. 



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I have also succeeded in getting a well-known 
artist to depict some of the extraordinary scenes 
the MS. describes^ which he has done with great 
success. 

The table of contents and summary of each 
chapter I have added, to give greater clearness to 
this extraordinaiy story. 

The most remarkable part of the work to me 
is its curious endings which throws some light on 
a metaphysical problem strangely brought out in that 
well-known work, "Called Back," in which as a 
physician I am much interested. To do more at 
present, however, than allude to this would obviously 
forestall much of the interest of the story. Further 
explanation will be found at its close. 

A LONDON PHYSICIAN. 

Bayswateb, Ajyril, 1887. 



CONTENTS. 



CHAPTER I. 
THE CAVE AND THE CAVERN 

Opens with Luke and Belinda saryeying the Black Sea 
through their unole Captain Goodchild's open mouth, 
while sitting in a spaoioas cave that proves to be a 
hollow tooth, the ceiling being pure gold — Month, etc., 
fully described. 



TAOS 



CHAPTER II. 
BEGINS WELL BUT ENDS BADLY .... 

Gives the early history of Luke and Belinda, and shows 
how Luke and Sutton (medical students), and Belinda, 
sister of Luke, are on a pleasure trip with Luke's uncle 
to Trebizonde — They all fall asleep in the inn parlour, 
and, on waking, they go out, against orders, into the 
bazaar, where an old hag persuades them to swallow a 
mysterious sweetmeat from Bagdad. 



13 



CHAPTER III. 
COMING DOWN IN THE WORLD, BUT RISING IN POSITION 29 

Belinda and Luke try to run home, leaving Sutton — 
They at once dwindle to an inch high, and take a loLg 



viii CONTENTS. 



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time finding the inn door — ^Thej enter lafelj, still 
decreasins? — Walk nnder the doted door — See far off 
the mighty moantain form of their nncle seated at 
table — They shout in vain — Then, after a tedions 
journey across the carpet, get near his boots — ^They 
spy his eye-glasses on the fioor and Lnke gets on 
them, Belinda clinging to him, and fastens himself to 
the gold peg — They ere swept a^oft, and drop off on to 
the moustache, then are swept into the mouth by the 
tongne, and eventually lodged in a tcoth (being now 
just -^ inch long). 



CHAPTER IV. 
A REAL (JOLD MINE 48 

Luke sees the gold roof and in troubled with avaricious 
thoughts, and hacks down a quantity of ir, when it is 
stowed away in two waterproof packages — A full 
description of the teeth, anatomical and physiological, 
follows. 

CHAPTER V. 
THE SMOKING CARRIAGE (U 

A cataract pours into the tooth — Description of saliva 
and its uses — A cigar enters the month — The electric 
light — Diet of compressed pills, and contrivance for 
making gutta.porcha. 

CHAPTER VI. 
MUSHROOMS AND CHERRY TARTS . . . . 7() 

They descend and take a stroll on the Tongue— Full 
description of all three sorts of papillae and their uses; 
also of Uvula, Tonsils, etc.— They return to the tooth. 



CONTENTS. ix 



CHAPTEB VIT. 

PASS 

BEHmD THE SCENES .93 

They desoend agaia and pass behind the Uvula and 
sarvej the upper part of the Throat, which is fullj 
desoribed — They then climb up the wall into the open- 
ing of a tube that leads to the Middle £ai' — Breathing 
explained. 

CHAPTER Vin. 
THE ORGAN LOFT 115 

Description of the marvels of the air passage leading to 
Middle Ear — They walk along it — Outer, Middle, and 
Inner Ears surveyed and explained — Luke shouts into 
Inner Ear to ask if he may carry off the gold he has 
packed, while Belinda goes back to the Throat to watch 
the answer in the Mouth. 

CHAPTER IX. 

A CATASTROPHE 139 

Luke rushes after her and finds her gone — All is a 
whirlpool of waters — When it subsides, he goes down 
and explores all about, and at last hears her voice at 
the bottom of the air-shaft in the Windpipe — He 
descends by a rope, and after some adventures joins 
her in a little cave at the side of the Yocal Cords — 
Swallowing and breathiug seen, felt, and described. 

CHAPTER X. 
THE VICARAGE 156 

Luke's boots fly about — Description of Vocal Cords, 
organs of speech, of breathing, talking, and singing, and 
clergyman's sore throat — They arrange to go down to the 
Stomach — Suddenly a voice is heard, '^Miss Conrteney, 
I believe " — Belinda faints. 

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CONTENTS. 



time finding the inn door — Tbej enter safelj, still 
decreasing: — Walk nnder the closed door — See far off 
the mighty moantain form of their nncle leated at 
table — They shont in vain — Then, after a tedions 
joarney across the carpet, get near his boots — ^They 
spy his eye-glasses on the fioor and Lnke gets on 
them, Belinda clinging to him, and fastens himself to 
the gold peg — They are swept aloft, and drop off on to 
the monstache, then are swept into the month by the 
tongae, and eventnally lodged in a tooth (being now 
just ^ inch long). 



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CHAPTER IV. 



A REAL GOLD MINE . 



Lnke sees the gold roof and is tronbled with avaricious 
thoughts, and hacks down a quantity of it, when it is 
stowed away in two waterproof packages — A full 
description of the teeth, anatomical and physiological, 
follows. 



48 



CHAPTER V. 
THE SMOKING CARRIAGE . . * . 

A cataract pours into the tooth — Description of saliva 
and its uses — A cigar enters the month — The electric 
light — Diet of compressed pills, and contrivance for 
making gutta.percha. 



64 



CHAPTER VI. 
MUSHROOMS AND CHERRY TARTS .... 

They descend and take a stroll on the Tongue— Full 
description of all three sorts of papilloe and their uses ; 
also of Uvula, Tonsils, etc.— They return to the tooth. 



7() 



CONTENTS. ix 



CHAPTEB VIT. 

PASS 

BEUIin) THE SCENES .93 

They desoend again and pass behind the Uvula and 
snrvej the upper part of the Throat, which is fullj 
described — They then climb up the wall into the open- 
ing of a tube that leads to the Middle Eai* — Breathing 
explained. 

CHAPTER Vin. 
THE ORGAN LOFT 115 

Description of the marvels of the air passage leading to 
Middle Ear — They walk along it — Outer, Middle, and 
Inner Ears surveyed and explained — Luke shouts into 
Inner Ear to ask if he may carry off the gold he has 
packed, while Belinda goes back to the Throat to watch 
the answer in the Mouth. 

CHAPTER LX. 

A CATASTROPHE 139 

Luke rushes after her and finds her gone — All is a 
whirlpool of waters — When it subsides, he goes down 
and explores all about, and at last hears her voice at 
the bottom of the air-shaft in the Windpipe — He 
descends by a rope, and after some adventures joins 
her in a little cave at the side of the Vocal Cords — 
Swallowing and breathing seen, felt, and described. 

CHAPTER X. 
THE VICARAGE 156 

Luke's boots fly about — Description of Vocal Cords, 
organs of speech, of breathing, talking, and singing, and 
clergyman's sore throat — They arrange to go down to the 
Stomach — Suddenly a voice is heard, ''Miss Conrteney, 
I believe " — Belinda faints. 

A* 



CONTENTS. 



GfiAPTEB XI. 

PASX 

AN ARRIVAL . . 171 

Arriyal of Sntton — ^Description of hia adrentnree from 
the bazaar on to Captain Qoodohild'a boot, wkiaked 
in hie handkerobief into bis breast-pocket, thence gets 
into hie month, and wanders about till attracted by the 
electric light coming np the air-shaft — Farther descrip- 
tion of sonnd — They are all sheathed in gatta-percha 
and provided with respirators, that parify and enable 
them to rebreathe their own breath, so as to exist 
without air. 

OHAFTEB XII. 

DOWN THE RED LANE 195 

They ascend into the Throat, and while Lake goes for 
the gold packages, Satton and Belinda are saddealy 
swallowed down head first — Luke jamps after them, 
and after some time arrives at the Stomach before 
them — They follow — Scene described. 

CHAPTER Xlll. 

POETRY IN PROSE 212 

Complete description of the Stomach, its anatomy and 
carioQS construction ; of digestion, its full process — 
Luke, Satton, and Belinda pass the night in three 
small caves near exit of Stomach sheathed and covered 
with gutta-percha — Process of digestion witnessed. 

CHAPTER XIV. 

A SILVER MINE 238 

Lnke passes out of the Stomach, while Sntton gives 
full description of various foods, their uses and diges- 
tibility, etc. etc. — Lnke returns, having found a silver 
mine — They all pass into the Duodenum, and survey 
its wonders — Sutton goes on and finds the silver. 



CONTENTS. xi 



CHAPTER XV. 

HIDE AND SEEK IN THE BARK 256 

Fall description of digestive process in Duodenum, of 
the bile, and pancreatic juice — Sutton and Belinda 
start off to fiod Luke— See him digging up the silver — 
Koock his light out, and have great fun with him — 
They discover a fish-bone, to which they all fasten 
themselves ; then a white hair, which Luke secures 
round hia waist — They then proceed to bore like a 
living gimlet through the floor of the Duodenum to 
enter the absorbent system. 

CHAPTER XVI. 
THE PIMPLE ON THE CAPTAIN's NECK , . . 282 

They enter the smooth pipe of a lacteal, and after 
several adventures are swept into the great lake of 
the chyle — They pass the last night of the week's tour 
in a waterproof cave — They then ascend, by a series of 
lifts aud trap-doors, about half-a-mile aloug the thoracic 
duct to the left shoulder, where its contents are die. 
charged into the blood stream — Wonderful scene here 
— All the process described — They work up a small veiu 
under the skin — Then each swallows part of hair — They 
rapidly increase and emerge — Belinda sees her uncle's 
face, when 

CHAPTER XVII. 
EXPLAINS A GOOD DEAL, BUT NOT ALL . . . 307 

Belinda finds she is still in the arm-chair in the Inn, 
and the Captain before her — She wakes up Luke and 
Sutton, and all stare at the Captain so rudely that he 
loaves — They then discuss the matter, and eventually 
decide it is a dream, and that they have all dreamt the 
same because they were placed en rapport by all 
touching each other during sleep. 



TKAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 



CHAPTER I. 

THE CAVE AND THE CAVERN. 

Opens with Luke and Belinda surveying the Black Sea 
through their uncle Captain Goodchild's open mouth, 
while sitting in a spacious cave that proves to be a 
hollow tooth, the ceiling being pure gold — Mouth, etc., 
fully described. 

"Sit still, Pill" (Belinda always called her 
brother " Pill," his real name being Luke 
Theophilus Courteney. *'Luke" she did not 
consider a " nice " name, so it was reserved for 
special occasions; ''Theophilus** was too long, 
while " Pill " was not only short but very 
suggestive of Luke's profession), " and hold on 
tightly, or you are sure to slip." 



2 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

" All right, Bozy " {here again we must ex- 
plain that Miss Belinda Courteney, ever since 
she was a tiny child, was generally known to 
her brother as "Bozy," the derivation of which 
was, however, confessedly obscure), " but I must 
see the view. I got such a lovely glimpse of 
the Black Sea just now. If you will only steady 
me a bit I think I can make out the ship's 
name with my gla — a — ass." 

The peculiar pronunciation of this last word 
was due to a violent vibratory movement of the 
surface on which Luke was sitting. Luke was 
a muscular young man, about eighteen, with 
a somewhat unformed boyish face, and fair 
hair, a little of which graced his upper lip. His 
long legs, dangling down on each side of the 
buttress behind which he sat, promised, if he 
stood np (other circumstances being normal, 
which they were not), a height of at least six 
feet. 

His sister Belinda, a fine, dark-haired, dark- 



THE CAVE AND THE CAVERK. 3 

eyed girl of fifteen, with a somewhat inquiring 
nose, and a general look of good humour and 
fun, was sitting behind him, both her arms 
clasping him tightly round the waist. 




The pair were certainly in a strange place. 
It was a sort of little cave, formed wholly 
of ivory, with a large irregularly-shaped 
entrance, in the middle of which rose the 
ivory buttress behind which Luke was sitting. 



4 TBATELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

The roof was of pure and uamJatakable gold. 
From Luke's position it could be seen that 
the cave was but a recess high up in the 
side of a cavern of Buch huge dimeDsions 
that its further wall wag only dimly visible. 

From Luke's cap to the highest point of 
its arched roof was at least 100 yards, while 
&om his boots to the nearest point of its 
floor beneath was about the same distance. 

The whole roof, sides, and floor of the 
cavern consisted of a red material somewhat 
resembling granite, which was everywhere ex- 
cessively moist, not to say extremely damp. 
The floor was arched, and in almost incessant 
tremulous motion. 

Ranged on a level with the little cave 
across the front of the large cavern near its 
opening, and Btretching along each side, was 
a huge Eemicircular range of pendent ivory 
columns, each at least twenty yards in diameter, 
and the same in length. They were sixteen 



THE CAVE AND THE OAVEBN. 



in number, placed close together, and hang- 
ing down from the roof like huge stalactites; 
differing from these, however, by ending 
abruptly as if cut off from a similar series 
of pillars that rose to meet them in like for- 
mation from the far-off floor below. It was in 
a recess near the top of one of the last of these 
pendent columns that Luke and Belinda were 
ensconced. 

The only entrance to the cavern was the 
aperture left between the four central pairs of 
pillars in front, which rose across the entrance 
like a wall from below, and descended like a 
stony curtain from above. The open space 
between these was bounded on each side by 
the red walls of the cavern, which extended 
some distance in front of the pillars. 

To the rear the cavern gradually narrowed, 
and stretched away till lost in gloom. Such 
was the appearance of the vast vault in which 
our friends were found. 



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TBAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



The view framed by its mouth, and on 
which Luke was now gazing from the little 
cave, was lovely. 

The cavern was apparently situated near the 
summit of some lofty mountain, for from its 
entrance the sea could be seen, miles away 
below, sparkling in the sun. A large vessel 
was in sight, lying at anchor, on the bows of 
which was the name that Luke was trying in 
vain to read with a field-glass of somewhat 
peculiar construction. 

'* I can*t quite make her out, Bozy ; but 

Oh, dear ! it's pitch dark ! " 

In an instant, without the slightest warning, 
the lower pillars had risen up with the whole 
floor of the cave until stopped by their fellows 
above, against which they struck with a clash 
that would have deafened poor Belinda had 
she not taken the precaution, warned by pre- 
ceding adventures, of carefully filling her ears 
with cotton wool. 




THE CAVE AND THE OAVEBN. 



All daylight was at once excluded, save 
where a gleam shot between the surfaces, or at 
some angle of the opposing pillars, worn round 

by the sands of time. 

Deprived of his view, Luke put the glass 
back in its case, and at the same time touching 
a small wire that ascended from a curious pocket 
contrived in the shoulder of his coat to a hollow 
glass knob that he carried strapped on his fore- 
head, caused the latter to shine with a soft 
radiance that illuminated the little cave like 
sunshine, showing all the beauty of its golden 
roof and ivory walls to perfection. 

" This is a lovely place," said Belinda, with 
delight. " What a wonderful invention that 
electric light is! Who was it that you said 
found it out, Pill?" 

" M. Trouv^," replied Luke. " I am not 
joking, Bozy," he added, as he perceived 
Belinda's smile, derived from her knowledge of 

■ 

ii'rench. **Trouve is his real name, and it is 



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8 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR, 



be that invented this particular form of the 
electric light, which, I think, we shall find very 
useful in our present circumstances." 

The thought of her " present circumstances " 
was too much for poor Belinda's sense of the 
ridiculous. She burst out into a peal of 
laughter, and laughed, and laughed till she 
could laugh no more, and do nothing but sit 
with the tears rolling down her cheeks. 

" Oh, Pill, dear," she gasped at la^t, " it's 
really too absurd." And oft' the young lady 
went into shrieks again. This time the 
laughter was so infectious that Luke began 
to take a bass accompaniment in a perfectly 
helpless way, trying in vain to stop the tears 
with his handkerchief from rolling down his 
cheeks. At last, in a lucid interval, he 
managed to gasp : 

" This will not do, Bozy ; you must stop at 
once." And then oft* he went again, in spite of 
himself. 




THE GAVE AND THE CAVERN. 9 

" To think of my sittiog in a tooth," said 
Belinda, in a shaky voice, and she relapsed. 
" I declare I'm getting quite weak." 

"If you make such a row, Bel," said Luke, 




who had now recovered, " uncle will hear us 
through his Eustachian tube, and turn us out 
pretty quickly." 

" Those long words are all nonsense. Pill ; 
you know they are. How can be hear auch 





10 TRAVELS m THE INTERIOR. 



mites as we are ? Ob, dear, oh, dear, I never 
shall get over this, I kaow I shan't," said poor 
Belinda, beginning to shake again, while she 
constantly mopped her red eyes. 

"Well, you are a girl, Bozy," said Luke. 
" Do stop, for pity's sake, and listen to 
reason. We cannot help being where we are, 
and we must make the best of it, so it's not the 
least use your going on in that idiotic manner.'* 

" Proceed," said Belinda, dashing her cloth 
cap on the ground, and pushing her hair back ; 
Vm so hot, but Fm quite sober now." 

"Well," continued Luke, "I believe that 
it is quite possible we may have living crea- 
tures inside our mouths, so you need not laugh 
so immoderately. I don't mean human beings," 
he added reflectively, "but you know, Bozy — 

* Little blanks have lesser blanks, 
So on ad infinitum,^ " 

" You disgusting boy," said Belinda ; ''don't 
talk of such things in our mouths ; besides, 



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THE CAVE AND THE CAVERN. 11 



there couldn't be anything so small as to get 
inside us. I wonder, now, what size we really 
are. I should think you are about the fiftieth 
of an inch — ^with your boots on," she added. 

" Boots or no boots," said Luke, " Tm jolly 
glad I all got small together. I used to think 
that was a fable about * the tail that wagged a 
dog,' but it might have happened to us. I 
don't mean literally, Bozy " (observing her 
puzzled face), "but supposing — I say just sup- 
posing — that I had all got small excepting one 
boot or one thumb, or my nose, or even a 
single hair, would not that boot, or thumb, or 
nose, or even hair have wagged me about like 
anything ? Of course it would. Why, even if 
a sinorle thing about us had remained larore, 
your brooch or my knife, for instance, we 
should each have been mere specks hanging 
on to them ; as it is we're all right." 

** How absurdly you talk. Pill ! not in the 
least like an M.R.C.S. I wish, though, I had 



J 2 TRAVELS Ilf TBE lUTBRIOB. 

got a shade smaller than my clothes, for this 
dress that Browa made still pinches me dread- 
fully under the arms. But, talking seriously, 
Luke" (observe the "Luke"), "what are we 
to do with ourselves ? Wo cannot remain shut 
ap in this hole for ever ! " 

"Don't speak so disrespectfully of Uncle 
Goodchild's tooth, Bozy ; if he only heard bis 
'dear little Linda,' what would he say?" 

" I don't know, and, what is more, I don't 
care," said Belinda, standing up and trying to 
touch the gold ceiling with her outstretched arms. 
" I wish you would find some way out of this." 

" Patience, Bel,"- said Luke ; " you see I 
never was exactly in this position before, and 
I shall have to consider what is best to be done. 
A glorious thought, though, just strikes me ; 
indeed, two glorious thoughts— — " 

While Luke is developing these, we will 
take the opportunity of finding out a little of 
his past history. 



CHAPTER II. 

BEGINS WELL BUT ENDS BADLY. 

Givee the early history of Luke and Belinda, and shows hdw 
Luke and Sutton (medical students), and Belinda, sister 
of Luke, are on a pleasure trip with Luke's uncle to 
Trebizonde — They all fall asleep in the inn parlour, 
when, on waking, they go out, against orders, into the 
bazaar, where an old hag persuades them to swallow a 
mysterious sweetmeat from Bagdad. 



Luke and his sister were orphans. Their 
father had died when they were both young, 
and on the subsequent death of their mother 
(four years before this narrative opens) at the 
small farm-house near Exeter where their young 
lives had been spent, their nearest relative, 
Uncle Goodchild, a captain in the merch&nt 



14 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

service, had carried them off to his home in 
Deptford, 

Discovering do seafaring bent in young 
Luke, he determined to make a surgeon of 
him, and entered bis name forthwith at a 
London hospital. The four years of study went 
by smoothly enough, Belinda meanwhile being 
sent to a neighbouring " high " school, where, 
as we have seen, French was not neglected. 

One memorable day neither Luke nor 
Belinda will ever forget. It was the last day 
of the final examination at the College of 
Surgeons. Penned with a number of other 
students in a small room, which they paced 
like caged lions, Luke awaited his fate, but 
not calmly. The door opened, and a porter 
slowly called out some twelve names, but, to 
Luke's agony, his own was not amongst them. 
He had stationed himself near the door, and 
tried hard to catch the porter's eye (as if that 
was any goodj^^j^all in vain. 



BEGINS WELL BUT ENDS BADLY. 15 

Strange to say, he knew that some of the 
fellows whose names had been called out had 
not done well (to say the least). Only five 
minutes before a hospital friend in spectacles 
had confidentially informed him that when 
asked the dose of prussic acid, he had answered 
confidently that he usually gave a small piece 
the size of a mole, having, as he averred, lost his 
head solely through one with which his ex- 
aminers cheek was decorated, and on which 
he was glaring in a kind of stupor. He had 
also said that when the examiner sharply 
woke him up, by telling him "not to be 
cheeky, sir," accompanied with a withering 
look, that for all the degrees in the three 
kingdoms he could not repress a smile. 

As the last of the dozen filed out, Luke 
screwed up his courage. 

** Are you sure my name is not in the list — 
Luke Theophilus Courteney ? " 

"Tisn't every one as i^^|Hnxious to get 



tin' door. AVhcii it was opciicM 
Lulcc Tlu'opliilus Coui'lciiL'V was . 
out, all swam before the success 
eyes. 

As in a dream, he followed th 
a large hall, listened to a long ej 
one of a row of gentlemen in eaj 
only one he noticed being the d] 
of the mole), received a large sh« 
ment to which he mechanically 
name, and not until he regained 
did his feelings find expression, a 
born M.R.C.S. gave vent private!] 
of unearthly yells as soon as h( 
after having had every particle of 

out of his coat bv thp. vicynrnna 



BEGINS WELL BUT ENDS BADLY. 17 

to congratulate for more than two hours. 
Luke then, somewhat relieved, set out for 
home. 

Now came Belinda's turn. At eleven, having 
sat up till she was worn out, she went to bed, 
and dropped off to sleep. Suddenly she felt 
herself seized by both hands, dragged out on 
to the floor, and whirled in a sort of war 
dance round the room, while Captain Goodchild 
stood at the door lauorhin^^. 

*' Oh, Pill, darling ; are you really a P.R.A.S.? 
Do tell me ! " poor Belinda gasped. The only 
answer she got was to be tossed back into 
bed, while Luke sat down hot, excited, and 
triumphant on the edge. 

''I am an M.R.C.S. Eng., Bozy. Please 
remember the right letters, or you'll make 
yourself perfectly ridiculous." 

''Come, now," said the Captain; "its my 
turn. To-day is Tuesday, and on Thursday I 
start for the Black Sea. You, Luke, must 



18 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

have a holiday, and you, Lindai want some 
roses on your cheeks, so I'll give you to-morrow 
to pack up your traps and come oflf with me 
for a voyage. You will have lots of fun, 
and ril make good sailors of you both." 

At breakfast next morning Luke "fought 
his battles o'er again," to the delight of Belinda 
and the Captain. The "mole and prussic 
acid " episode, however, touched a tender chord 
in the sailor's heart. "That chap must be a 
good sort, Luke," he observed ; " did you say 
he was a friend of yours ? " 

" Yes, poor fellow ! " said Luke. " I am 
dreadfully cut up about him. It's too bad to 
be spun through a mole. For my part I'd 
like to stay at home and cheer him up a bit." 

" I've a better plan than that, Luke ; we'll 
take him with us, and soon knock all the 
moles out of his head. I can rig him up a 
berth somewhere." 

Luke's delight at this was unbounded. He 




BEGINS WELL BUT ENDS BADLY. 19 

pulled his small moustache, and said ^^ uncle 
was too good altogether/* and, as soon as con- 
venient, rushed off to Sutton's lodgings, where 
the matter was speedily settled. 

The two friends spent the rest of the day 
in laying in stores. Always eager after new 
inventions, Luke determined to gratify his 
tastes to the full extent of £20, which he had 
gradually hoarded up, and dragged Sutton off 
at once to a large scientific novelty shop. The 
electric lamp was soon decided on, and so 
was the new telomicro-binocular,* in shape like 
a large opera-glass ; but possessing, in addition 
to the powers of a fairly strong telescope (by 
looking through the reverse end), the magnify- 
ing properties of a powerful microscope. 

A few other still more startling novelties (to 

* I have carefully inquired for these novelties, but cannot 
liear of them anywhere. It is just possible something like 
them may be invented some day, but I think in these matters 
our friend Luke draws rather " a long bow " at times — Ed. 

c 2 






r . 



2a 



TRAVELS m THE INTERIOR. 



be described in due course) completed the list. 
With a prudent foresight, Luke rendered him- 
self practically independent of all ordinary means 
of eating and drinking. For eating he simply 
bought two boxes of the H.F.D. (hospital full 
diet) pills * (an article that will, when fully 
known, do more to raise the working classes 
than anything else, by enabling them to save 
nearly all the money at present lavished on 
food). Each pill contains the essentials of the 
full daily hospital allowance for an adult. 

The arrangement for drinking was quite 
as simple. A C.C.W. (chemically combined 
water) flask* at once furnished him with a 
supply practically inexhaustible. Strongly 
made in two compartments, opening by a 
pinhole aperture into a common tube near 
the neck, and filled respectively with pure 
compressed oxygen and hydrogen, all that was 




* See previous page 



BEGINS WELL BUT ENDS BADLY. 21 

needed was gently to press a brass stud which, 
allowiDg the gases to combine as they issued 
from their apertures in the proportion of two 
parts of hydrogen to one of oxygen, formed 
at once HjO, or pure water. The flask was 
said to hold the equivalent of 1,000 gallons 
of water. This, ngain, is another article that 
cannot be too widely made known in the 
interests of the temperance cause. 

On Thursday they all started from the 
Albert Docks, and on that day fortnight, in 
the afternoon, coat anchor in the Black Sea, 
off the port of Trebizonde, iu Asia Minor. 
They all four landed in the ship's boat, and 
went to an inn, and, after the manner of their 
country, at once ordered a good dinner, to 
which they did ample justice. The Captain 
then left the house for a few hours on buainese, 
intending on his return to proceed back to the 
ship. He cautioned Luke not to take Belinda 
out into the streets of the strange and semi- 



22 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

civilised city, and not to go out himself ; which 
latter caution Luke (six feet in his boots, and 
the owner of the aforesaid moustache) some- 
what resented. 

When the door was shut, Belinda drew her 
easy-chair near the window, and, under the 
pretext of watching the passers by, took a 
quiet forty winks. Sutton was soon similarly 
engaged on the sofa, just by her side ; and 
Luke, comfortably seated on the other side of 
his sister, began spelling through a French 
newspaper. Soon, however, the paper was 
dropped, as Luke too succumbed to the influ- 
ences of the heat and a good dinner. A blue- 
bottle on his nose, however, disturbed his 
slumbers, and, starting up, he was suddenly 
seized with the. demon of curiosity, and, satis- 
fying his conscience by the subterfuge that he 
would not go about the streets, only into the 
Bazaar by the inn, he roused up Belinda, who, 
yielding to temptation, sallied forth, persuading 




BEGINS WELL BUT ENDS BADLY. 23 

Sutton to come with them. Such a trio were 
certainly not often seen in Trebizonde. Luke was 
got up more for use than appearance, in a cricket- 
ing cap and tourist knickerbocker suit, covered 
with innumerable pockets, perched in out-of-the- 
way parts, and filled to repletion ; Belinda, the 
picture of a bouncing English school-girl, was 
attractively bound in a thin gray cloth dress, 
crowned with a cap of the same, both being 
plentifully decorated with great splashes of 
crimson ribbon; while Sutton was gaily attired 
in ' a large check suit, his genial face and 
spectacles being surmounted by a white felt hat. 

Turning into the bazaar, they bad nearly 
explored it, when at the further end Belinda 
stumbled over an old woman sitting on the 
ground, and hardly visible in the fast fading 
daylight. 

To their surprise, she immediately began to 
abuse them in very good French. 

" Nous sommes hontes," replied the culprit. 



24 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

blushing, in an awestruck voice, and holding 
out a coin as a peace offering. 

The woman clutched it, and then began 
to explain volubly that she was a dealer in 
Eastern curiosities. Producing a small black 
box, she promptly displayed a variety of antique 
ornaments of curious shape and quaint device, 
also sundry small gilt bottles of attar of roses 
and other rare perfumes. Luke was, however, 
proof against temptation (when not too strong), 
and was just turning to go away in safety, 

when the woman, as a last resource, asked him 
if he had ever seen any of the famous ** gateaux 
^vanouissants " from Bagdad, whence she had 
just arrived. 

Even now all would probably have gone 
well but for the presence of unlucky ''Mr. 
Mole," who pricked up his ears and diffidently 
asked, " Quoi sont-ils appeles?" 

** Gat-eaux dv-an-ou-is-sants," repeated the 
woman slowly. 




BEGINS WELL BUT ENDS BADLY. 25 

" Why, Luke, we are in luck," said the 
unlucky oue. " I believe those are the very 
things Captain What'a-his-nanie speaks about 
in that book of his," 

" Avez-vous some?" he asked the woman. 

The "avez-vous," and inquiring look through 
the spectacles was quite enough for the pedlar, 
and she promptly produced from a hidden com- 
partment half-a-dozen small packets, neatly 
wrapped in tinfoil, somewhat resembling small 
squares of Everton toffee. " Sont-ils bieni" 
asked Luke in his turn (he meant " bons "). 

With a cunning look at her three victims, 
the woman assured them they were " ravis- 
sants," and a great many more things besides, 
with the addition that very few ever had the 
courage to taste them, as they derived their 
name from the^ disagreeable power they pos- 
sesseji as they vanished in the mouth to cause 
their consumer to vanish with them. 

"Come, come," said Luke, "that will du 



26 TRAVELS I.V THE INTEBIOB. 

for the dark ages, but we do not quite believe 
all that is in the * Arabian Nights.' Nowadays 
matter does not disappear like that." 

" You wouldn't say it isn't matter (I mean 
it didn't matter) if it did," said Belinda, who 
loved a small joke. 

" Never mind, Bozy, well try them. I 
dare say we shall survive. The old hag daren't 
poison us." 

*' Donnez-nous six/' he said, turning to the 
woman. *' Combien ? " 

After some haggling, the packets were 
handed over in exchange for ten English 
shillings, and Luke triumphantly gave two to 
each of his companions. 

Unwrapping his own, he disclosed a square 
of what was apparently nothing more nor less 
than the well-known "Turkish delight." 

In reality it consisted of a material, the 
composition of which has never been analysed, 
and is entirely unknown, and which is so 




BEOINS WELL BUT ENDS BADLY. 27 

rarely met with that many travellers have 
journeyed through the length and breadth of 




SCARCtLT HID 



Asia Minor without seeing a single specimen of 
it. 

Belinda was, alaa t a greedy girl, and 



28 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



could not resist tasting hers, which she found 
so good that she popped the rest into her 
mouth at once, the other two following her 
example. Scarcely had she done so, when the 
hag rose and began to repeat with great 
emphasis to her, and [ to the other two who 
had also swallowed theirs, the following wretched 
doggerel — 

Los cheveux blanc8 
Eiitre vos dents 
Vous fera grands. 

Scarcely had she said this half-a-dozen 
times, when — (see next chapter). 



CHAPTER III. 

COMING DOWN IN THE WOELD, BUT RISING IN 
POSITION. 

Belinda and Lul;u try to run home, leaving Sutton — They at 
once dwindle to an inch high, and take a long time 
finding the iiiu door — ^Tliey enter safely, still decreasing 
— Walk under tlie closed door— See far off the mighty 
mountain form of tlieir undo seated at table — -They 
shout in vain — Then, after a tedious journey across the 
caqiel, get near Jiis boots — They epy his eye-glasses on 
the floor and Luke gets on then], Belinda clinging to 
liim, and fastens liiuiself to the gold peg — They are 
swept aloft, and drop olT on to the moustache, then aia 
swept into the mouth by the tongue, and eventually 
lodged in It tooth (being now just -j'^ incJi long), 

Haedly had she said this half-a-dozen times, 
when the curious effects of the unknown and 
rare drug began to work on poor BeHnda. 



30 



TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



*'Pill, dear," she said, **am I getting small 
or are you getting big ? " 

Luke looked round, and at first could not 
believe that the tiny child that was stand- 
ing by his side, hardly reaching up to his 
knees, was Belinda. Only when she turned up 
her little face did he recognise his vanishing 
sister. 

*' Stop at once, Belinda," he said, taking 
her up in his arms ; "what in the world are you 
doing ? " 

*'I can't help it," said poor Belinda, in a 
bird-like voice, with a wan smile on her doll- 
like face, "I'm not doing anything. I believe 
Tm going on still." 

To Luke's horror, she kept getting lighter 
every moment, and in another minute was no 
larger than a doll. 

Beside himself with terror, Luke darted back 
for the inn, but he had hardly reached the end 
of the bazaar when a new horror seized him. 



1 



OOUINQ DOWN IN THE WORLD. 31 

. He noticed that the people in the street 
appeared to be getting taller and taller {though 
it was almost too dark to see them), till at 
last they looked positively gigantic. As he 
ran along towards the inn, be found he could 
no longer look in at the windows, which were 
now far above bis bead, while the pavement 
seemed a hundred yards wide. The poison, 
though slower, was working as surely inside 
him. Poor Belinda let the truth out. 

" Why, I do believe you are getting smaller, 
too, Pill," she said. 

" I'm afraid I am, Bozy," ruefully replied 
Luke. "What shall we do?" 

" Well, if we both get small together, I 
don't so much mind ; it was getting small 
alone that was so miserable," was the some- 
what selfish answer. 

Poor Luke looked round. His bead was 
just ou a level with the foot of a huge boot 
that was whirling past. 



32 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOB. 



"How long shall we go on like this?" 
asked Belinda. 

"I tell you what, Bozy," said Luke em- 
phatically, drawing up what was left of his 
six feet, *' I don't believe in this nonsense, and, 
what is more, I won't stand it. Til tell uncle 
the minute I get in, and TU have that old 
hag brought before the consul this very night." 
So saying, he put Belinda down to run by his 
side while he hurried along, prudently keeping 
close to the wall to avoid being crushed by 
the giants. 

** Why, we've walked miles," said Belinda ; 
"it was only a few steps when we came out." 

Luke ground his teeth, but said nothing. 

** Where's Mr. Mole— Mr. Sutton, I mean?" 
asked Belinda. 

** I suppose the poor man is suffering some- 
where from the vile arts of that woman," said 
Luke. "I forgot all about him. I cannot see 
him anywhere now, it's too dark. I hope he'll 



k 



COMING DOWN IN THE WORLD. tA 

find his way all right. Hurrah ! here's the 
door/' he added, as the wall suddenly ceased, 
leaving a huge opening across which the two 
pigmies, scarcely an inch long, hurried quite 
unnoticed and fortunately uncrushed. 

A short walk brought them to their own 
room door, which was just by the entrance. 
Luke could see the door was shut, but what of 
that? The space between the bottom of the 
door and the tioor appeared at least seven feet 
high, so they passed in. 

**What now?" asked Belinda, who felt 
helplessly dependent on her brother. 

"Well, Bozy, I hardly know; the fact is, 
Tm afraid we are still getting smaller. I hope 
we shan't go away altogether." 

''Where to. Pill?" 

"That's just what I want to know, Bozy. 
The fact is, I feel all here. We cannot so 
entirely ; the puzzle is how we've gone so 
much already. You see, we are material; 

D 



34 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



we are not spirits. Besides, we've got clothes 
on; they cannot go." 

" But they must be getting very small," said 
Belinda. "I don*t think it would take much 
material to make me a dress now. I thought 
perhaps we were having the water squeezed out.** 

" What do you mean, Bozy ? " 

" Don't you remember, Pill, telling me once 
that if we had all the water squeezed out and 
were made solid we should only be a few 
inches square ? " 

*'AVhat nonsense, Bozy! Besides, we aren't 
a quarter of an inch high, to say nothing of 
being square." 

** Well, I feel just as if some auctioneer was 

saying, 'Goiug, going ' Oh, dear, what is 

that ? " said Belinda, as a noise like thunder 
was heard behind them. 

Luke had only just time to drag his sister 
out of the reach of Captain Goodchilds huge 
foot, who entered at that moment. 



V 



COMING DOWN IN THE WORLD. 35 

He looked round the apparently empty 
room, and the guilty pair heard a voice like 
thunder, saying: "Those brats I I wonder 
where they are. Mr. Sutton gone too ! " 

Now was their time, before they vanished 
altogether. Reduced to two specks on the 
carpet, they were still human beings, and full 
of energy. 

" Uncle ! Uncle ! " shrieked Belinda, at the 
top of her voice, till she was hoarse. 

" AVait a minute," said Luke ; " let's get a 
little nearer to him ; it is not likely he can hear 
us at this distance — he must be miles away." 
Seizing Belinda s hand, he started running across 
the vast plain, bounded in the dim distance by 
the gigantic leg of the table at which the 
Captain had seated himself. 

*' I don't think we are much nearer," said 
Belinda, "and Fm quite out of breath. Wait 
a minute, Pill, dear, and then shout.'* 

Luke halted, and looked ahead dubiously. 

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86 TRAVELS IIT THE INTEBIOU. 

Far away up in the air could be seen the 
radiance of a light hidden by the overhanging 
ledge of the table about two miles above him. 
The light shone on a huge, rugged, red mass, 
rising like a rock from the broad summit of a 
long slope of dazzling whiteness, like snow which 
was apparently lying on the side of a large 
granite-like mountain. 

" Wait a minute, Bozy, till I get my glass 
out," said Luke ; " I believe that's his face." 
So saying, he pulled out the telomicric, and, 
looking through it, made out a prominent ridge 
in the rock to be his uncle's nose. At the 
base were the smooth brown tops of a large 
wood. 

"I suppose that's his moustache," said 
Belinda, when it was duly described to her. 
**H'W smiill we must be!" 

*' Talk of saucers for eyes," said Luke, " his 
remind me more of a racecourse. On one side you 
can distinctly see something like a Grand Stand." 



^ 



COMING DOWN IN THE WOULD. 37 

" Uncle's eyes are not green, at any rate," 
said Belinda indignantly ; '* thfey are a lovely 
brown." 

" It's ouly for sizt: and general appearance 
that I meant," said Luke. " It's really a won- 
derful sight. There's that cut he gave himself 
while shaving yesterday — it's verj' nearly the 
size of our lawn ; and as to distance," he added 
reflectively, " I slioiild judge he was about three 
miles away." 

" You mean bis head ? '' said Bcliuda. 

" Yes, of course, Bozy, his hoots are not above 
half-a-mile oif; but what is the use of talking 
to his boots ? If I bad only bought that sound 
magnifier, now, at the shop, I could have deafened 
him, but he can never hear our voices now." 

" I think ' screeching ' sounds the loudest. 
Pill, and I can screech beautifully," said Belinda. 
" I feel better now. Let us both begin." 

Poor Luke did his best, shouting " Un — cle ! 
Uq — cle!" iu hi» deepest bass, while Belinda's 



38 TBAVELS IN THE INTERTOF. 



screeches were simply heartrending; but the 
great red mountain gave no sign. They could 
see the two huge furrows above the nose that 
their absence was causing, and from time to 
time shivered with fright as they heard the 
thunder far overhead saying : " Wherever are 
those brats ? I expect they've gone aboard ship." 

" It's very trying/' said Belinda, *' that he 
will take no notice of us. Certainly we are 
absurdly small ; I don't think \ve can get 
much less." 

"No," said Luke placidly. " I believe we've 
stopped now, and after all we are not micro- 
scopic. Through the large end of my glass you 
look gigantic." 

** I wish you'd lend it to uncle, then," said 
Belinda. 

** I might as well lend him a speck of dust. 
He could hardly see the glass, much less see 
through it. Besides, he could see us without 
it, if he only looked," said Luke. 



i 



COMING DOWN m THE WOULD. 39 

Ah, there was the " if." 2/ Captain Good- 
child had gone on bis knees and carefully 
scanned the dusty carpet at his feet, he would 
have been rewarded by the daintiest sight he 
had ever seen, in the two exquisite little crea- 
tures, perfect in every respect to the smallest 
detail, that be was getting so anxious about. 

"If he goes now, Bozy," said Luke, "we 
are lost. We shall be swept up with the crumbs 
and thrown to the birds. Fancy an M.R.C.S. 
thrown to a Turkish spaiTow I Whatever would 
the fellows say 1 " 

" They would peck me up first, because of 
my red aash. Oh ! what was that ? " said 
Belinda, as a noise behind made her start. 
Luke looked round. Only a hundred yards 
away lay two small oval sheets of water (or 
glass) surrounded by banks of pure gold, with 
a little golden path connecting the two. Seized 
with an inspiration, Luke dragged Belinda 
towards them. 




40 TRAVELS IN TEE INTERIOR 

— ^^^— » — ^ — ™™^ 

" His eye-glasses ! " he exclaimed. 

" Now, Bozy, clasp me tight, and Til hook 
on somehow." Standing on the golden edge 
of one of the lakelets, Luke produced a fine 
wire roj)e, which ho wound several times round 
a gold post that stood near, and hardly had 
he secured the other end round his own body, 
when he saw a huge red finger and thumb 
descending out of the air towards him. He 
knew wliat it meant, and, holding his breath, 
in another moment the pair were whirled aloft 
into space. When they recovered themselves, 
they found they w-ere perched on the lower 
rim of one of the glasses. A sheer precipice 
of unknown depth lay beneath them, with the 
brown tops of some trees fi\r below. 

" No doubt that is uncle's moustache," said 
Belinda, looking down with a shudder ; " if he 
moves now we shall be dashed in pieces." 

'' rU wrap the rope round you, Bozy," said 
Luke, as he unwound it from his own body. 



OOmNG DOWN IN TEE WORLD. 41 



Unfortunately, at that very momenta violent 




movement shook them both off their giddy 
perch, and they fell. 

Their career and this narrative would have 



42 TRAVELS IK THE INTERIOR. 



been ended there and then, had they not both 
been caught in their fall by the branches of 
the trees below. 

" Oh, Luke, this is awful," groaned Belinda. 
'' I feel quite giddy, and my dress is all torn, 
and I do believe my leg is broken." 

" If it had been, Bozy, you would have 
thought of it before your dress," said Luke 
philosophically, ** but I'm afraid we re not safe 
yet, for he may " 

*' AVhat ? " said Belinda, in horrof. 

" Oh 1 nothing," replied Luke evasively, 
fumbling in his pocket. "You hold fast on 
to that branch, while I powder you." 

*' What do you want to powder me for, 
Pill, dear?" 

** It is only waterproof powder,* Bozy. You 
will not notice it unless it gets wet, and then 

* This invention also I cannot find anywhere. Kone 
of tlie leading waterproofers have heard of it, though they 
admit it would be very useful. 




COilINO DOWN IN THE WORLD. 43 

it forms a film of gutta-percba all over your 
clothes to keep you dry." 

" Wbat a wonderful invention, Pill ! But is 
it going to rain ? I mean, do you think poor 
uncle is going to cry ? " 

"It wasn't that I was thinking of," said 
Luke, who had carefully powdered his sister 
and himself; "but Oh, there it comes!" 

Belinda looked down. Rapidly rising from 
below was a huge red glistening mass that 
reached the wood, swept aside the branches, 
and carried off the luckless couple far below 
in an instant into utter darkness. 'J'hen all 
was silence. 

****** 

" Where are you, Luke 1 " at last groaned 
Belinda. " Say if you are dead. I am sure 
I am." 

"Nonsense, Bozy; I'm not even hurt. 
Give me your hand, and come this way ; " and 
Belinda felt her hand grasped, and herself 



44 TRAVELS IS THE IXTERIOB, 

dragged up off the slippery Rurface into a small 
rocky recess. 

" Sit down here, Bel ; we are fortunate ! 
Do you know where we are ? " 

*'0h, Pill, what was that awful red thing 
that sw^ept us down? It looked just, like one 
of those monsters in the lakes at the Crystal 
Palace." 

*' Why, Bozy, that was uncle's tongue ; and 
it landed us in his mouth." 

'' His mouth ! " said Belinda, opening hers 
widely. " Well, where shall we get to next ? 
But this is quite hard," she added, feeling the 
floor and the walls. "This is not his mouth, 
surely ? " 

" Is there nothing hard in a mouth ? " said 
Luke. 

"You don't mean to say ? Oh, really 

it's too dreadful, Pill!" 

" I mean to say that we are sitting in 
uncle's hollow tooth, Bozy. You remember the 




OOiflNO DOWN IN TBE WORLD. 45 

one I wanted to pull out with my universal 
forceps before we left London, and uncle would 
not let me, but got it stopped. As far a$ I 

can see But stay, I've got a light," and 

Luke pulled a small case out of his pocket, 
and strapped the electric light, already de- 
scribed, on his forehead. He touched the wire, 
and instantly the place was flooded with its 
soft radiance. 

"Oh, what a splendid place this is!" said 
Belinda. 

" Yes ; you can see the stopping did not 
fill it, fortunately for us ; but there it is, sure 
enough, over our heads." 

"Isn't it rather warm. Pill? I feel awfully 
hot. It seems as if all my dress was covered 
with a smooth skin. I can hardly breathe." 

" It's only ninety-eight degrees," said Luke, 
looking at a small thermometer. " Oh, I quite 
forgot the gutta-percha," he added. " Now you 
see what a useful invention this is. I just 



oil JUS M-lrr's (Iros. wliirli 
(•I(';iii and (ir\ . " and t Iui'l' \(}\ 

" Don t trouble, Pill, dear 
I'm so glad my crimson sash 
cost such a lot of money." 

Setting vigorously to wor 
skinned themselves, throwing 
over the side of the cave, whet 
downwards towards the cavern' 

As Belinda cooled she beg 
sleepy. They were both prettj 
and as they were sitting do 
the ground, their backs resti 
side of the cave, Belinda dete 
a nap. 

" Do you thinV -'— 



COMING DOWN IN TUB WORLD. 



" Well, it's 80 dark, I think I'll go to sleep, 
Pill." 

So sayiog, Belinda laid her bead on her 
brother's shoulder. 

"All right, I'll watch," said Luke. 

Both, however, were soon fsist asleep, and 
it was not till hours after that Luke was 
roused by a burst of glorious daylight entering 
the little cave. 

He sat up and looked eagerly out, waking 
Belinda, and occasioning the exclamation with 
which our story opens. 



CHAPTER IV. 



A REAL GOLD MIXE. 



Luku sees tlia gold roof aud haj avaricious tUouglits, and 
hacks down a quantity of it, wlien it ia parked up in 
two waterproof packages — A fuU description of the 
teeth, anatomical and pi ly Biological, follows. 



"Well, what were your glorious thoughts. 
Pill?" 

" The first glorious thought ia that now 
we are here, and are so small, it would be 
very foolish of us to leave this place without 
thoroughly exploring it. We shall never have 
such a chance again, and, luckily, I made a 
point of getting up my physiology. I see no 
reason why we shouldn't write a book about 
it afterwards ; for I suppose no one has ever 



A SEAL OOLD MTNE: 4* 

Been what we shall see." And bright visions 
of a thick volume, lettered " Courteney's 
Travels in the Interior : a Manual of Practical 
Physiology. Tenth Edition," flitted before 
Luke's mental vision. 

"Well, I'm quite willing to learn, Pill; I 
think it is shameful that we girls are taught 
nothing about our 'insides;' if we were, per- 
haps we should not spend so much time in 
adorning our 'outsides.' But I think I know 
all about the mouth," added Belinda; "I've 
often looked at mine in the glass." 

"We'll see, Bozy ; but now for my other 
thought. You observe this roof; it is solid 
gold, probably at least two of our yards thick ! 
Why should we not take, say, about a yard 
of it, and then if ever we jjot big again we 
should be millionaires, if our gold expauded 
with us ? " 

" What, and rob poor uncle ? You wicked 
boy 1 " said Belinda, with horror. 



50 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

"Well, as to robbing, Bozy, it's no use to 
him; and, after all, it's only a little scraping 
off the stopping of his teeth. I'm sure he 
would not grudge it to us." 

"It seems like robbing, anyhow," s^d 
Belinda ; " the gold is his." 

Luke looked puzzled for a moment, but his 
resourcea were never exhausted. " Bozy," he 
answered solemnly, " we'll get some down and 
pack it up, but we won't take it away without 
asking him first." 

" Asking him ! " said Belinda. " How 1 " 

" Oh, we'll just step up and ask him, Bozy. 
I'll promise you he will answer, too ; but not 
just at present," replied Luke enigmatically. 
" First of all," he continued, " take this." And 
he handed Belinda half an H.F.D. pill, swal- 
lowing the remainder himself. 

"Is this all I'm to have?" asked Belinda, 
with a dissatisfied air. 

" All ? Why, in one of these pills there is 



A SEAL OOLD MINE. 51 

as much nourishment as there is in twelve 
ounces of bread, eight ounces of potatoes, six 
ounces of roast beef, and one pint of porter."* 

" How wonderful, Pill ! but you know I 
mustn't take the porter." Aod she pointed 
to a small piece of blue ribbon fastened to the 
front of her dress. 

" You may take the pill, though, child ; it 
is quite free from alcohol, and I think you'll 
want nothing more at present. I've got two 
large boxes in my pocket, so that we shall 
not starve. Besides," he added, " if the worst 
came to the worst I don't see there would be 
anything wrong in taking some of uncle's " 

" You are a thief — I knew you were, you 
disgusting boy," said Belinda energetically. 
*' You surely wouldn't take anything out of 
there ! " And she pointed to the cavern 
beneath. 

* See Diet Table, London Hospital, 1883. 



52 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

" We shall meet with many things that 
would be disgusting, Bozy," observed Luke 
philosophically, " if we were larger ; but being 
so small, they are simply wonderful. I feel all 
this time just aa if I were looking through a 
microscope. Don't you remember that old 
chfiese at home, when you saw all the little 
bits of dust moving about, and. you said * How 
disgusting!' but when I showed you what 
they really were through the microscope you 
said ' How wonderful ! ' " 

" Well, I must say, Pill, that though we 
are here, I don't feel anything like disgust; at 
present all seems so new and strange." 

" Now for work," said Luke, taking off his 
coat and hat, and producing a large pocket- 
knife with a long curved steel " picker " (used 
for taking stones out of horses' hoofs), and 
gazing up at the roof on which the full rays 
of the electric light were now directed. 

Such a gold mine never dazzled miners' 



A REAL GOLD MINE. 



eyes before. Fully twenty yards square, and of 
unknown depth, the mass of precious metal 




LDKE COKIINUID B 



was of enormous value. Just at one comer it 
appeared to be loosened from the ivory "rock" 



54 TRAVELS IN TEE INTERIOR. 

in which it lay embedded. Here Luke deter- 
mined to commence operations ; and, mounting 
on a little ledge in the wall, he found that by 
simply inserting his hand up the fissure he 
could detach a large mass of the pendent metal, 
which fell with a crash on to the floor. De- 
lighted with his success, Luke continued his 
operations all round the ivory roof, and soon 
had the floor covered with huge nujSfffets of 
virgin gold. 

''I think we've got enough now; if we 
took much more it might make uncle's tooth 
ache, and that would never do. Besides, we 
shall have as much as we can carry." 

With Belinda's aid, he managed to collect 
and partly weld together the precious debris 
into two masses, each about one foot square 
and six inches high. Luke then powdered 
part of the floor thickly, moistened it well with 
his flask, and produced a thick sheet of gutta- 
percha. 



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A SEAL GOLD MINE. 55 

" Now, Bozy," he said, " lift that side while 
I put the gutta-percha underneath." 

" I cannot move it. Pill ; it weighs tons," 
said Belinda, who was straining every nerve. 

" Oh, I beg your pardon," politely replied 
Luke ; " I quite forgot." 

So saying, lie produced out of his coat- 
pocket a small silvei" case containing a twisted 
coil of wire two yards in length, composed of 
alternate strands of platinum, iridium, and 
magnetised steel. 

"Take hold of tliat end, Bozy, and help 
me to draw this wire under the gold," he said. 

After some difficulty they inserted the wire 
beneath the mass, and dragged it at least half- 
way along underneath. 

"The gold has now just lost half its weight, 
but not half its value," Luke said triumphantly. 

" How is that, Pill ? " asked Belinda in 
wonder. 

" The thing is very simple," answered Luke. 



^6 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

** The only wonder is that it was not found out 
before. You know, Bozy, that weight simply 
arises from an invisible force, which we call 
gravitation, drawing the body down to the 
earth. If we, then, can degravitate the body 
by breaking this force, it is evident the sub- 
stance at once loses its weight. This *the 
degravitator ' * (as this wire is called) does. 
The mass, however, is still too heavy, Bozy. 
Just move the wire forward a little further." 

This was done. It was then withdrawn. 

"Now try and lift it," said Luke. 

" Why, it's not much heavier than a bonnet- 
box," said Belinda, raising it in both arms. 

''That will do nicely," said Luke; "and 
w^henever we wish we can restore its weight 
again." 



♦ We not only cannot hear of this invention, but we 
do not believe that it is possible to alter the gravity of 
any substance. If Mr. Courteney should see this note, 
we should like him to call and say where these inventions 
are to be bought. They were not at the ** Inventoriea-' 



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A REAL -OOLD MINE. 67 

The second pile having also been degravi- 
tated, he then proceeded to wrap both the 
masses up in the gutta-percha, and secure them 
with wire rope. 

"I cannot see," said Belinda, "when you 
can do such wonder?, why you should have 
doubted the po^er of the 'gateaux evanouia- 
sants.' " 

"My wonders," said Luke, "are purely 
scientific, and based on well-known laws ; not 
so with those vile sweets." 

"Now, Pill, show me soDie of the sights,' 
said Belinda; "I'm quite tired of working. 
Perhaps, after all, I don't know everything 
that's in my mouth." 

At that moment the cavern opened a little, 
and admitted the daylight and fresh air. As 
it remaioed so, Luke thought it a favourable 
opportunity for showing that his M.R.C.S. had 
been fairly earned. 

" Come and sit here, Bozy," he said, seating 



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58 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

himself at the mouth of the cave. "Just 
count these hanging columns. How many are 
there ? " 

"Sixteen, including the one we are in." . 

"And the same number of pillara below?" 

"Makes thirty-two. I didn't know I had 
thirty-two teeth before," said Belinda. 

That's just like a girl — always rushing to 
conclusions. You have not got thirty-two 
teeth. Your wisdom teeth certainly are not 
cut, and I have some doubts about your back 
double teeth, so that you have only twelve or 
fourteen teeth at most in each row." 

" Quite right, Pill ; I've got fourteen," said 
Belinda, who had been feeling in her mouth. 
"Go on." 

"Well, just take the upper row. You see 
those four front teeth (called inciso7's) have a 
thin sharp edge. They are like chisels, and 
are for cutting the food. In animals which 
live by gnawing, such as rats, hares, and 



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A REAL GOLD MINE. 59 

guinea-pigs, these teeth are of enormous size. 
The pointed one (canine) on each side of them 
is very strong, and is for tearing. In lions, 
tigers, dogs, and all carnivora (or flesh-eating 
animals) whose food ia torn, these teeth are 
huge fangs. The two next on each side {bi- 
cuspids) are hroader, and are used for cutting 
and grinding. These three behind on each side 
(you see our cave is in the middle one) are 
for grinding and pounding the food {molars). 
These, again, in cows and horses, which grind 
ail their food, are of enormous size. Now, 
Bozy, this great variety of teeth shows that 
we are adapted for a great variety of food, 
and are certainly not intended for vegetarians, 
and also that the food is meant to be thoroughly 
cut up and ground before it is swallowed." 

"We're not intended to live on H.F.D. pills. 
Lake, that's evident. But go on ; I'm getting 
quite interested." 

"Our incisors and canines are small, as the 



60 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

priDcipal part of their work is done with a 
knife and fork, and even our molars are de- 
generating from having too little to grind, 
while wisdom teeth will soon be a thing of the 
past. But just notice this tooth closely, Bozy," 
said Luke, warming up, as he gave the column 
in front a smart tap with his iron-pointed stick 
that he had retained through all his adventures. 
*'You see how hard that is. That is enamel. 
It is far harder and whiter than ivory, and 
covers the whole of the tooth outside the gum. 
The ivory (or dentine) forms the substance of 
the tooth, and the part that is inside the gum. 
Ivory is merely firm, hard bone, and would 
soon wear away were it not for this coating of 
enamel, like porcelain. This enamel itself is 
covered with a fine hard glaze that has great 
power of resisting acids. Inside the dentine is 
a cavity somewhat the shape of the tooth, and 
filled with a soft pulp full of fine nerves which 
enter by the fangs. Once the enamel covering 




A REAL GOLD IIINE. 61' 

of this pillar gets wora away it is never re- 
placed, and the rest will soon go, as you will 
see from this cave. Just come to the edge, 
Bozy, and look here. Yoxi can see distinctly 
the enamel outside and the ivory within, 
and, if you look closely you see all the ends 
of the hexagonal rods of which the enamel 
is composed, looking like a honeycomb. In 
decay, first of all a small hole gets worn in 
the enamel, exposing the dentine inside ; this 
soon softeos, and eventually air gets to the 
pulp, and the tooth begins to ache. It is then 
generally too late to have it ' stopped.' If it 
is left alone the decay goes ou, and probably 
the nerve dies, and the tooth does not ache 
for a while. Presently it begins again, worse 
than ever, from the inflammation set up by 
the dead nerve ; and the tooth feels as if it 
were raised, and a gumboil forms at the base. 
The nerve inside the tooth is very sensitive 
to cold and heat. Ices make bad teeth acliL- 



62 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

dreadfully, and with some people hot coflFee 
does the same." 

*' What destroys the enamel, Pill ? " 
"Any sort of acid (if the glazing is worn 
off), and of course at the surface continual 
wear and tear, especially from eating anything 
gritty or sandy. A common cause of its de- 
struction is the lodging of particles of food 
at the bases, and between the teeth, where 
they not only form a chalky deposit (called 
' tartar '), but produce an acid that eats away 
the enamel just above the gum, where it is 
thinnest. Another common cause is from the 
gum getting unhealthy, and receding, leaving 
the ivory part bare. This soon decays and 
destroys the enamel above. Uncle, you observe, 
has splendid teeth. I think this is the only one 
gone at all, and it is just an illustration of what 
I have said. This hole has been formed in the 
side of the tooth near the gum, leaving the crown, 
which is the floor of this cave quite sound." 



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A HEAL aOLD MINE. 63 

"Yea, dear, go od." 

" That's all, I think, Bozy, except that of 
course 3'ou now see how necessary it is to take 
away with a brush every particle of food from 
the base of the teeth inside as well as outside, 
to keep the gums sound and healthy, and not 
to use any gritty and wearing substance for 
tooth-powder. You also see why camphorated 
chalk is so popular ; the chalk at once counter- 
acting the acid deposits round the teeth. If 
people only cleaned their teeth at night with 
some such powder (to prevent the mischief), 
instead of in the morning (after the food has 
lodged there all night), there would be less work 
for dentists to do." 

" Well done, you old quack ; you know a 
great deal. I suppose you waut me to try a 
box of Courteney's tooth-powder, warranted free 
from grit. But look down below ; that tongue 
is going to move. Supposing it comes up here, 
we shall get all wet." 



CHAPTER V. 

THE SMOKING CARRIAGE. 

A cataract pours in — Description of saliva and its uses — A 
cigar enters the mouth — The electric light — Diet of 
compressed pills, and contrivance for making gutta- 
l)ercha. 

" SuprosiNG it (the tongue) comes up here," said 
Belinda in our last, "we shall get all wet." 

" I never thought of that," said Luke ; " but 
we'll soon make that safe," and taking out his 
small powder-box he sprinkled a thin film of 
powder over the whole floor and sides of the 
cave. He then moistened it all with water from 
the flask. 

"Don't wet my feet, Pill," said Belinda 




TBE SilOKmO CARRIAGE. 65 

who was hopping about out of reach of the 
shower. "Is that good water?" 

"Capital," said Luke; "don't you know 
what this is ? It's a simple and pure combina- 
tion of H2O." 

"Just let me taste it, Luke." 

Luke poured some into an indiarubber cup, 
and handed it to his sister. 

" I call it H too too 0, Luke. It's splendid." 

The pair now carefully raised the sheet of 
gutta-percha, and by moistening its edges with 
a few drops of chloroform (that acts on the 
substance like strong cement), securely fastened 
it right across the cave's mouth. They were 
now sheltered by a perfectly transparent water- 
proof screen from the cavity below, and Luke 
could proceed with his lecture in peace — at 
least he thought so. 

It happened, however, that the cave in the 
hollow tooth, though secure on the side of the 
mouth, had an opening still unguarded in the 



66 TRAVELS IN THE INTEEIOB. 



front near the cheek, or cavern wall, that rose 
beside it ; and from this wall water now began 
to pour so rapidly that the cave soon got quite 
wet. 

*' Quick, Luke, quick, or my dress will be 
ruined ! " said poor Belinda. 

In an instant her brother flung a spare strip 
of gutta-percha across the opening, and they 
had the satisfaction of seeing all the water run 
down on the outside. Having done this, Luke 
looked up to see where it all came from. Just 
at the side of the tooth, and about ten feet 
above it, in the wall of the cavern, he perceived 
a large round aperture like the end of a pipe, 
out of which the water was pouring. 

Seizing Belinda by the arm in great excite- 
ment, he pointed out the source of the overflow. 

" Perhaps you know what that is, Bozy,"^ 
he said triumphantly. 

** It looks like a drain or a water-pipe, 
doesn't it ? " said Belinda. 




TBE SMOKING CARniAGIC. 



" Why, that is Steno's or Stenson's dvct, 
leading from the parotid gland," answered the 




BU BROTBBB 



M.R.C.S. triumphantly. " I haven't n doubt 
of it. It is one of the openings by which the 



68 TRAVELS m THE INTERIOB. 

mouth is supplied with moisture, and what is 
running from it is pure saliva, though why it 
is pouring like that I haven't an idea." 

"Then it's not water, after all. Pill?" 

"Certainly not. It comes from a large 
gland in the cheek called the parotid gland. 
Don't you remember when you had the mumps, 
Bozy ? That was an inflammation of these 
very glands." 

"I shan't soon forget them, Pill, nor the 
nuts you kindly asked me to crack." 

** I have it 1 " shouted Luke excitedly, as 
he hurried Belinda to the larger opening, now 
securely glazed. " Look there 1 " 

Into the middle of the cavern's mouth a 
huge, round, dark-brown mass was entering, 
completely filling the space between the upper 
and lower columns, while the gap left at each 
side was at once closed by the approximation 
of the soft red walls of the cavern in front of 
them. 




TBE SMOKING OARBIAGE. 69 

" What is tliat dreadful thing coming into 
uncle's mouth ? " asked Belinda, in awe. 

" That ia a ' 8wagarette.' Bozy, or else a 
cigar. I think it is the latter. In any case 
it is the cause of all that waterspout." 

" Exphiin yourself, Mr. Slangster 1 We are 
not all as wise as you are." 

"I was just going to do so, Miss Pertbox," 
retorted Luke. "Tobacco increases the flow of 
saliva from these glands enormously. Hence a 
nameless habit that often accompanies smoking, 
and in this case the very thought of ' the 
fragrant weed ' has been enough to start this 
parotid gland working." 

" Well, that is what I call ' real wonderful.' 
Yon don't mean, Luke, that our thoughts can 
make a pipe pour like that ? " 

"It only surprises you, miss, because you 
are so small." (" I'll soon sliow you what 
thought can do," he added, to himself.) 

"By-the-bye, Bozy." he continued, "you 



70 TEAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

know I have got the other half of your H.F.D. 
pill for. you this afternoon. Suppose, instead* 
of being here, that we were in London, and 
that you were coming to dine with me at the 
Holborn. You would, first of all, have some 
white soup. You like that, don't you, Bel?'' 

"I should think I do," said Belinda, who 
was a bit of a gourmand, falling into the trap. 

"Well, then you would have some de- 
licious oyster patties, and then turkey and 
sausages, and then ducks and green peas, 
and then custards, and tarts, and ices, and 
creams, and jellies and preserved ginger, and 
almonds and raisins, and iced cham — I mean 
lemonade," pursued her tormentor relentlessly. 

'*0h, don't, Luke! not another word," 
gasped the victim. '*It is really too bad to 
make my mouth water with such delicious 
things." 

"Does your mouth water?" asked Luke 
innocently. 




TBE SMOKING CARRIAGE. 



"Of course it does, Pill. I declare it's 
dreadful." 

"No, it isn't, Bozy. On the contrary, it's 
year Steno'a duct that has been freely flowing 
with the mere description of a dinner. Per- 
haps you'll understand now why uncle's mouth 
waters at the thought of a cigar." 

" Well, Pill, it's one thing to liear of mouths 
watering ; it's another to see it." 

" I want you to see the reason of it too," 
said Luke. " This saliva, being produced in 
quantities at the thouglit of a good meal, 
is all ready to set to work on it as soon as 
it enters the mouth, dissolving all the soluble 
parts of the food and doing many other useful 
things." 

"But a cigar is not a meal, Pill." 

"No; and that is one reason why smoking 
is condemned, because it causes such dreadful 
waste of the saliva, of which on an average 
we produce about a pint and a half in a day." 



72 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOB. 

"Oh, Luke, dear, Vm nearly choked," sud- 
denly gasped poor Belinda, as the smoke 
entered through the chinks into their little 
cave. "It's perfectly dreadful.'* 

" I suppose we must try and bear it, Bozy. 
We've got into a smoking carriage by mistake. 
I dare say uncle is enjoying it very much, if 
we're not. It even makes my eyes water," 
said Luke, mopping them with his hand- 
kerchief. 

"Well, I call it a horrid, dirty, disgusting, 
degrading habit. Tm quite ill and perfectly 
choked, and nearly blind," said Belinda, in a 
rage. " I declare I will never marry a man 
who smokes." 

At which remark Luke laughed most un- 
feelingly. 

In a few moments matters improved. A 

little fresh air got into the mouth, reached their 

little hollow in the tooth, and diluted the smoke. 

" What is the use of all that saliva ? " said 



TSB SMOKING CARRIAGE. 73 

Belinda, who had been trying to think how 
much a pint and a half was. 

" It has four uses, Bozy. First, it keeps 
the mouth moist. (You see how damp this 
cavern is.) This enables us to speak easily 
and plainly. Secondly, it dissolves all the parts 
of the food that are soluble, and enables us 
to taste them. Thirdly, it is mixed with the 
food so as to form it into a pulp easy to be 
swallowed. And fourthly, it contains a chemical 
substance called ■ptyalin, that changes starchy 
or floury substances into sugar." 

" How do you prove that. Pill ? " 
■ "Why, simply by taking a piece of stale 
bread and chewing it well, when it will become 
quite sweet through this power of the saliva." 

"And why does it do this. Pill?" said 
Belinda, quite in the style of Sandford and 
Merton. 

"Because all food must be made soluble 
(in fact, digestion is simply doing this) in order 



74 TRAVELS IN THE mTEBIOB. 



that it may pass into the ' blood and nourish 
the body ; and sugar is soluble, while starch 
is not. Starch consists of small grains contained 
in strong little bags which require great heat 
to burst them, so we always cook our food first. 
If rice or other grain is not thoroughly boiled, 
or the bread well baked, the saliva can do 
but little good, for the little grains are beyond 
its reach in their strong coverings. Under- 
cooked starchy foods are most indigestible. 
The saliva docs not contain any ptyalin until 
we are six months old, so that no starch or 
flour is digested by babies, and it should 
never be given to them. Do you remember 
my taking that biscuit away from Jane's baby " 
(Jane was the cook) *'at home ?" 

** I remember it perfectly, Pill, and how 
cross I was with you. But Tm getting 
wonderfully wise now." 

"When uncle has done his cigar, he 
generally has a nap, I know ; and then TJl 




TSE SMOKING CABHIAGE. 75 

show you something wonderful, for his tongue 
will be pretty quiet, and I think we can 
venture to go down and have a walk on it." 

" Oh, Pill, that would be nice," said 
Belinda, clapping her hands, " and you'll 
show me all the wonderful things, won't 
you ? " 

" I think there are far more wonderful 
things in a woman's tongue, Bozy, but I 
dare say we'll learn something from uncle's," 



CHAPTER VI. 

MUSHROOMS AND CHERRY TARTS. 

Tliey descend and take a stroll on the Tongue — Full descrip- 
tion of all the three sorts of Papillae, and their uses — 
Also of the Uvula, Tonsils, etc. — They return. 

While waiting until Captain Goodchild had 
finished his cigar, Luke and Belinda refreshed 
themselves with half-a-pill each, and a draught 
from the inexhaustible flask. 

"We may exist on this/' said Belinda; 
**but I certainly don't feel as if I had had 
a good dinner. Half a pill is so very small. 
If it were less nourishing, and there was rather 
more of it, I should like it better." 

" You always were a little glutton, Bozy ; 
but, come now, I think the coast is clear." 




MUSHROOMS AND CHERRY TARTS. 77 

The huge cigar had just disappeared from 
the entrance to the cavern, which was suffi- 
ciently open to admit enough light to show 
o£F to great advantage its regular double row 
of massive ivory columns, and its curiously 
mottled floor, now at perfect rest ; while the 
vaulted roof was left in twilight darkness. 

"It's rather risky for you, Bozj', to be let 
down all that way," said Iiuke, tearing down 
part of the screen, and peering over the edge of 
the tooth. "I should think it at least 100 feet. 
But still, it is well worth while trying, for 
if you do get down safely you will be the first 
girl that has ever had a walk on a man's tongue." 

A fresh coil of the finest wire rope (hardly 
thicker than string) was produced from one 
of Luke's inexhaustible pockets, armed with 
a small but stout steel hook at each end. 
Passing the rope round the ledge in front, 
and hooking it on to itself, he coiled the 
rest on the floor of the cave. 



78 TRAVELS m THE INTEFIOB. 

" Now then, Belinda/' lie said, " look 
alive. What are you doing ? " 

" Only taking oflF my sash and hat. Pill, 
for fear they might get wet, for, you know, 
we are not powdered. Tm ready now." 

Luke proceeded to pass the end of the 
rope (round which he had wrapped a large 
handkerchief to prevent it cutting) under his 
sisters arms, and hooking it in a noose, made 
her sit down at the edge. 

" Now shut your eyes, Bozy, and don't 
scream, and FlI let you gently down. When 
your feet touch the bottom just unhook the 
rope, and hold the end tight." 

" Oh, Pill, dear, you won't let me slip, 
will you ? " said Belinda, as she gazed down 
over the edge and then closed her eyes. ** It 
is such an awful heidit to fall." 

" It's as soft as indiarubber, though, 
Bozy. You won't find anything hard down 
below." 



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MUSBROOMS AND CHEERY TARTS. 79 



So saying, he gently lowered her over the 
edge, letting the rope slowly out. 




Alas 1 alas ! the last coil passed through 
his hands, and still the strain was as great 



80 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 

as ever. Leaving the rope attached by its 
loop, Luke looked over and saw his sistex* 
dangling at the end some twenty feet above 
the tongue. The rope was too short 1 

** Belinda, dear," he shouted, "it's all 
right." 

But "Belinda dear" was so compressed 
with the wire that she could not speak, and 
matters began to look very serious, when, 
fortunately, at that moment Luke noticed the 
tongue slowly rising till poor Belinda's feet 
touched it, and a minute after she shouted 
to him to come down. 

Being a good gymnast, Luke descended 
hand over hand in great style, and the two 
were soon side by side on their uncle's 
** unruly member." 

"What a heiofht our cave is above us!" 
said Belinda. " Certainly a mouth is a 
wonderful place. I wish I had thicker boots 
on, though — this tongue is really very damp." 



MUSHROOMS AND CHEERY TARTS. 81 

"And a good thing for uncle it is. 
Tongues are never dry, except in fevers." 

"Do you know, Luke, I was just thinking 
how lucky it is that uncle is on board ship ; 
for I know there's no doctor there, and if one 
were to tell him suddenly to put out his tongue, 
I don't know where we should be." 

"We'll just have a look round as soon as 
I have powdered 3'our boots, Bozy," said Luke, 
not heeding this silly remark. 

These being quickly sheathed in gutta- 
percha, the pair began to walk towards the 
entrance of the cavern. 

"Why shouldn't we walk out altogether, 
Pill? My hat and sash are in the cave, but 
they could easily be sent on." {Belinda was 
rather vague at times.) 

" Because I think, Bozy, now that we are 
here, we had better make up our minds for 
'the grand tour.'" 

" What do you mean, Pill ? " 



82 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



'* Only this. We shall probably never have 
such a chance again. Being so small now, 
and happening to have with me the very 
things needed for such a trip, I think we'll 
go right inside, and see all the sights." 

" I don't know exactly where you mean 
to go," said poor Belinda ; ** but please don't 
do anything dangerous or disagreeable." 

"In any case we'll examine the tongue, 
Bozy, now that we're standing on it. You 
see it is covered all over with little hills or 
mounds of different shapes and sizes. I 
suppose you know the use of the tongue." 

"Both its use and abuse. Pill; and if you 
will show me its use by telling me some- 
thing interesting, I'll show you its abuse by 
asking silly questions." 

" You are very kind,'* said Luke, trying 
to bow, and nearly measuring his length on 
the slippery surface. **The first thing to 
know is that it is not only meant for talking. 



MUSHROOMS AND CHERRY TARTS. 83 

It has been proved that we can speak with- 
out it, though it greatly helps in articulation, 
so that all the sins of speech cannot fairly 
be laid to its charge. Another uae of the 
tongue is for touch, and another is for taste, 
and a fourth is for deglutition or swallowing." 

"And a fifth is showing it to your favourite 
doctor," said Belinda, burning to illustrate its 
abuse. 

" I wish I had some one of sense to talk 
to," said Luke indignantly. " I think I'll 
make you talk a bit now. Don't mind the 
draught, it won't blow you away," added 
Luke, as Belinda shivered at a gust of wind. 
"It's only uncle breathing through his mouth; 
he ought to breathe through his nose." 

" Why ? " 

" I'll tell you why another time. Now 
stand here, right in the middle, and describe 
what you see." 

" Well, I am on the slippery, sloping floor 



84 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

ot the caverD, which is, however, anything 
but smooth. I am standing just at the point 
of a V, and right away, in rows, stretch long 
ridges of little white-pointed mounds, some 
with little spikes on the top/' 

*' Yes, Bozy ; they cover the tongue all 
over, and are arranged in slanting rows like 
Vs. These are the smallest, or Jilifoi^n 
papillcB, In a cat they are very hard, like 
small thorns or spines, while in a lion they 
are of a terrible size, like rows of plough- 
shares. They are principally for rasping the 
food against the rough roof which you see 
overhead. They are white, because the skin 
over them is thickest near the top. Now, 
what next ? '* 

*' Well, I see besides these, principally near 
the walls, and also in the front, large round 
mounds like music-stools or big mushrooms. 
They are very red." 

** These are the medium-sized, or fungiform 



MUSSB00M8 AND GBERBT TARTS. 85 

■papUlm, aud are for touch. The skin is red^ 
because it is very thin, to enable the uerve 
of touch inside to feci more readily. They 
tell you at once if your cup of tea is too 
hot. Now turn round aad look behind." 

"Oh, Pill, what is that enormous finger 
pointing at mc from the roof?" said Belinda, 
in some alarm, as she saw a huge moist, 
mottled, red mass, some fifty yards long, 
hanging down from above. 

"That, Belinda, is the nvula, but keep to 
the tongue. What do you notice nextl" 

"I see two long rows stretchiDg backwards 
and meeting in the middle like another huge 
V, composed this time of small round castles, 
with a ditch and a wall round each. Let me 
see ; there are five in each row, ten in all. 
I wonder if uncle knows he has such a 
wonderful tongue ? " 

"Not a bit more wonderful than yours, 
and not nearly so objectionable." 



86 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

** Don't be rude, Pill ; never forget you are a 
gentleman, though you are so small. I suppose 
these towers guard what lies beyond, only they 
are not much good without cannon and soldiers." 

Luke led her to the first of the low 
round walls she had described, and they 
climbed up its sloping red bank and stood 
on the top. In front of them was a deep 
circular ditch, with a little water in the 
bottom, from the middle of which rose a 
round flattened mass (or castle) some twenty 
feet in diameter. All the other towers were 
of similar construction. 

**rm not quite sure, after all, that these 
towers are for defence, Pill," said the young 
lady, as she gained the summit. 

''They certainly are not. That idea of 
yours is entirely wrong. This is one of the 
largest or circumvallate papillce, and is an 
organ of taste." 

** I don't know what it is for" said 



MUSHROOMS AND OHERUY TARTS. 




88 TBAVEL8 IN TEE INTEBIOB. 



Belinda, "but Til tell you exactly what it 
looks like now Tm here. It's just like one 
of those penny cherry tarts you are so fond 
of buying at Morgan's. Here is the low wall 
of pastry all round ; there is the mound in 
the middle, where the clierries are; and the 
ditch is the groove inside the edge filled 
with the juice. But what is the wall for, 
Pill? I'll promise not to talk any more 
nonsense if you'll only tell me." 

**This low wall is doubtless to keep the 
water in the trench. At the bottom of the 
ditch are pipes opening into it, which dis- 
charge a very strong saliva, that dissolves all 
the food that falls into it, for we cannot 
taste anything unless it is dissolved first. 
Now at the sides of the ditch you see 
several little openings with small circles of 
hairs protruding like sea anemones. These 
are the tops of the taste buds, which taste 
the dissolved food out of the ditch, and by 



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MUSHROOMS JND OBERRT TARTS. 89 

means of nerves tell the brain what it is 
like. This row of ditches and towers is 
arraDged like a V across the back of the 
tongue, so as to catch part of everything that 
is eaten." 

" Let me see : Jiliform for rasping, fungi- 
form for touching, and circumvallate for 
tasting. I've a grand memory. Pill. But tell 
me why we cannot taste when we've a cold." 

" Because a great many so-called tastes 
are really smells, Bozy. True tastes, such as 
sweets and bitters, salts and acids, are perceived 
when we have a cold. But turn round now 
and look at the roof for a moment Towards 
the front you see it is rough, and descends in a 
beautiful arch to that semicircular ridge (which, 
as you know, is the gum) that runs all round, 
and it is called the luird palate. It forms 
the floor of the nose above. Now, right about 
face once more." 

And Belinda whisked round again, still 



90 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



standing on the low wall. In doing so she 
slipped. 

"Jump," shouted Luke, "or you will be 



in." 



Belinda sprang like a wild cat, and 
bounded right across the ditch, landing in 
safety on the side of the tart, on the top 
of which she soon stood in triumph. 

Luke was speedily by her side. 

"Well, Bozy, you had a narrow escape 
of being tasted," said Luke. " Now^ look up ; 
you see this great heavy arched curtain hang- 
ing across the end of our cavern, with this 
long, uncanny 'finger' dangling down in the 
middle. That is the soft palate, and the finger 
is the uvula.'' 

"What is it for, Pill?" 

"Together with these two fleshy pillars on 
each side, by which the curtain is continued 
down to the tongue, it separates the front, 
which is the eating, chewing, and tasting part 



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MUSHROOMS AND CHERRY TARTS. 91 



of the mouth, from the back, or swallowing 
and breathing part. It is the boundary, 
therefore, between the mouth proper and the 
pharynx. It hangs quite freely, so as to 
move up and down ; you will see why 
presently. When we are asleep, and breathe 
through the mouth, it often makes this curtain 
shake violently up and down, when it makes a 
dreadful noise which we call snoring. I know 
you are tired now " (Belinda was yawning), ** but 
just look liere before we go back. You see 
this fleshy pillar on each side of the curtain, 
and farther back you see another pair. Now 
what is this between ? " 

"It is like a great pincushion, Pill, with 
large holes, but no pins." 

" These pincushions are the tonsils, which 
swell up and nearly meet in bad sore throats 
or quinsy. Out of those holes a sort of gum 
or glycerine exudes, which helps the food as it 
passes through to slip down the throat. Behind 



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TRAVELS m THE INTERIOR. 



this curtain, Bozy, lie the most wonderful 
curiosities ; but I think it is time to go back 
now. It must be getting late." So saying, he 
turned round and cleared the ditch at a bound. 
Then, stretching out his stick, he helped Belinda 
across, and the two, after a fatiguing walk over 
the uneven surface, arrived safely beneath their 
little cave far above. 

Luke climbed up the wire rope, which, for- 
tunately, was long enough (the tongue being 
a little raised), and soon dragged Belinda up 
the giddy height — she prudently keeping her 
eyes again tightly shut all the w^ay. 

The weary travellers were not long before 
they were fast asleep. 




CHAPTER Vn. 



BEHIND THE SCESES. 



They descend again and pass behind the Uvula and surrey 
the upper part of tliu Throat, which is fully described — 
They then climb up the wall into the opening of a tube 
that leads to tho Ttliddle Ear — Breathing explained. 



"Wake up, wake up!" shouted Luke iuto the 
sleepy oiie'a ear, giving her hair a tug. "I'm 
sure you've slept long enough. It's quite 
time to have breakfast and pack up." 

" Oh, don't, Pill, you hurt me dreadfully," 
said Belinda, opening and rubbing her eyes. 
" Are we going to leave here to-day 1 " 

"Yes," answered Luke decidedly. "While 
you've been dreaming I've been thinking. 



94 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



and IVe just arranged a week's tour which 
I know you'll enjoy immensely." 

''Where shall we go, Pill?" 

"All through him, and all about him 
inside," answered Luke, rather mysteriously; 
"IVe thought everything over, and being 
thoroughly acquainted with the way, I know 
we shall be able to manage it very well 
in about a week, of which one day has 
already gone." 

**I suppose you mean seven of our days, 
Pill. If we were big we should call it about 
as many hours." 

" Never mind about that ; it will be as long 
as a week to us. Now what do you say, miss ? " 

"Are you quite sure it will be nice, and 
safe, and very interesting ? " 

*' Quite, Bozy. You 11 enjoy it ten times 
more than the Mediterranean. You haven't 
been to Scotland or Switzerland yet," said 
Luke patronisingly (who had spent a week in 




BEHIND THE SCENES. 95 

each country), " or even down a coal-mine ; 
but I have, and I know this trip will beat them 
all hollow." 

"You're quite sure it is safe, Pill?" 

" As to that, I have several contrivancea 
you have not seen yet, without which we 
could not attempt the journey ; with them, 
we are all right." 

""Well, I'll come!" said Belinda, clapping 
her hands ; " and you'll explain everything 
to me, you dear boy, won't you ? And you 
won't tell me anything that's not true ? " 

"I'll give you a sound and accurate 
description of all that wc see, Bozy ; and 
when we come out, and regain our size (if 
ever we do), you will be able to pass the first 
M.R.C.S. with ease. Now then, sit down 
— ' business first and pleasure afterwards,' as 
the somebody said to the what-d'ye-call-him." 

The pill-box and water-flask were then 
produced. 



" H.F Jj. and coid wa££T again, I declare * " 
A nice breakfisc for a ronng ladj^ s>id 
Belinda, in disgnsc 

"I'm a&aid I're nothing better than this 
to o0er TOO, ma'am, in the iraj- of eatables," 
said her brother politely, "bat yoa can have 
either tea or coffee at a moment's notioe," 
and be [.-laced a flexible cap in her hand. 

" Do vou reallv mean it. Pill ? I declare 
you're a magician. I think I'll bare a cap 
of coffee." 

" All right, Bozy ; here you are," and 
taking a tiny tablet oat of a flat tin box 
he dropped it into the cup. 

" What is that, PUl ? " 

" Simply a coffee tablet containing the 
amount of coffee, sugar, and mUk to make 
one cup." 

" And wbere's the hot water ? " said Belinda 
triumpliantly. "I have you there, my boy 1 " 

" Not at all," responded Luke placidly. " I 



BEHIND THE SCENES. 97 



never explained to you yesterday that by 
simply pressing the stud harder, and thus 
allowing the gases to combine more rapidly, I 
can produce any temperature of water up to 
boilinsf." * 

So saying, he held the flask over Belinda's 
cup, and pressing the stud forcibly, a stream 
of hot water instantly filled it, forming a 
delicious cup of most fragrant coffee. 

The pair having thus breakfasted comfortably 
in the recesses of their uncle's tooth, Luke care- 
fully lowered the two packages of gold on to the 
tongue by a lengthened rope, then his sister, 
and finally undoing the loop and simply hooking 
the rope to a projecting angle and tying a fine 
line to it, he descended. He then jerked the 
hook off by the line, coiled up the rope, and 
with the packages in one hand and his trusty 

* This sounds well ; but we must say that while Mr. 
Courteney's physiological teaching is really remarkably 
accurate, wo caiuutt (we say it with all respect) believe 
altogether in his wonderful scientific inventions. 

H 



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98 TRAVELS IN THE INTEEIOR. 

Stick in the other, prepared to start on as 
marvellous and memorable a journey as ever 
fell to the lot of any human being. 

Skirting the outside of the first of the long 
line of cherry tarts (or Circumvallate papillai) 
so as not to get into the V, they soon found 
the ground becoming smoother, and a few steps 
more placed them directly beneath the pendu- 
lous curtain that had hitherto efi'ectually screened 
all the back part of the cavern from their gaze. 

Overhead and a little to their left hung 
straight down that '* finger" that had excited 
Belinda's superstitions the day before. In front 
all was darkness, out of which occasionally 
came a strong blast of air which made Belinda 
shiver all over. Here Luke suddenly halted. 

''Now for the 'Trouve,'" he said, strapping 
the glass knob on his forehead, and causing 
the electric light to shine. " We are getting to 
a very dangerous part, Bozy. The Mer-de-Glace 
is a trifle to this." 



k 



BEHIND THE SCENES. 99 



' What an awful place ! " said Belinda, as 




the light revealed the wonders and the dangers 
before her. 



100 TRAVELS IN TEE INTERIOR. 



They were standing at the entrance of a 
most curiously shaped cavern. It was about 
200 yards broad, but not more than 100 yards 
deep. Above their heads the roof could be 
seen at a distance of not less than 300 yards' 
(which was at least double the height of the 
outer cave), while in front of them the ground 
sloped rapidly downwards towards a frightful 
precipice. The smooth moist red wall opposite, 
that formed the extreme end of the cavern, 
gradually arched forwards as it ascended to 
the highest part of the vault above their heads, 
while at each side it curved round in a semi- 
circle, forming the side walls, until it ended at the 
posterior of the two fleshy pillars that supported 
each side of the curtain dividing the two caverns. 

High up, on each side of the semicircular 
wall, just above the level of the top of the 
curtain in front, was an oval aperture about 
ten yards high, now closed by the approxima- 
tion of its walls. 




BEHIND THE SCENES. 101 

A dim light faintly illumined the vaulted 
roof, as if there were some openings on the 
interior wall above their heads. 

"Now," said Luke, when they had com- 
pleted their survey, " before I explain any- 
thing, look down that precipice in front." 

Belinda, with a firm grip on Luke's arm, 
looked down over the sloping edge, while he 
directed the light in the same direction. 

As we have said, the smooth moist red 
surface on which they stood shelved rapidly 
downwards till it ended in an abyss. Just at 
the brink, however, the smooth edge was hol- 
lowed out in a semicircle some fifty yards in 
diameter, at which part the precipice was pro- 
tected by a smooth yellow parapet of the same 
length, low at each end and rising to the height 
of at least fifty yards in the middle. 

Looking over this wall, the top of which 
was far below tlieni, it could be seen that the 
gulf in front, forming the whole floor of the 



102 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOE. 

cavern, was divided into two by a narrow fleshy 
rim that, starting from each end of the parapet, 
formed a semicircle which, with that in front, 
completed the opening of a gigantic pipe or pit. 
Behind this rim lay the main gulf, stretching 
right across the back of the cavern. 

" Well, are you satisfied, Bozy ? " said Luke 
at last. 

''More than satisfied. Pill. What an awful 
place our mouth is ! I begin to feel quite 
queer in the back of my throat. Do you really 
know yourself what all these dreadful places 
are for?'* 

" I certainly do, Bozy, and if you'll sit down 
a minute on these parcels Til explain." 

Belinda sat down, and Luke, who was 
waterproofed, stretched himself on the damp 
ground with his back against her. Pointing 
forward with his stick, he began : 

9 

" This, Belinda, is not the mouth at all. 
That ceases at the curtain just behind, which 




BEHIND THE SCENES, 103 



is called the soft palate. On each side of it 
are these two pillars called the anterior and 
posterior pillars of the fauces, between which 
is lodged the tonsil. We are standing in the 
' isthmus of the fauces,* which is, as you see, 
about 100 yards wide, and is vulgarly (not 
poetically) called ' the swallow.' It is here that 
the sensation of thirst is always felt, while 
that of hunger is felt in the stomach. This 
huge cavern in front without a floor is called 
the pharynx (or throat). You see how much 
loftier it is than the mouth, but you have not 
observed, perhaps, that it has no fewer than 
seven openings leading out of it." 

**I can't say I have," said Belinda. "Shall 
I count them ? " 

*'Do, Bozy." 

" Well, here we are in one opening, the 
main one, I suppose, leading to the mouth. 
Then there are these two awful pits at our 
feet; that round one like a well in front; 



104 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR, 

and that great flat opening behind. What 
are they ? " 

" You tell me," said Luke. 

"Well/. said Belinda thoughtfully, "I think 
that the nearest pit, or pipe, or well, is what 
we breathe with, and that one behind is where 
all the food goes." 

" Quite right, quite right, Belinda. This 
pipe is for air, and is called the larynx, and 
leads to the trachea, or windpipe, and Ivngs 
below. That lofty yellow wall in front is called 
the epiglottis. The cavity behind is the top of 
the oesophagus, or gullet, and leads down to 
unknown regions. Now, these are three main 
openings. The other four are above. These 
two oval slits in the sides are the entrances to 
two long, curious passages leading to the ears, 
while that dim light that you see above pro- 
ceeds from two huge openings over our heads 
in the front waU of the cavern, leading to the 
HOse and out into the air. They are called 



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BEHIND TEE SCENES, 105 

the posterior nares. Five of these openings 
are air passages, and two (the mouth and 
gullet) are food passages." 

" The mouth is for air as well. Pill ; wc 
often breathe throuorh it." 

o 

** Fortunately for us» uncle has more sense 
than to do so/' rejoined Luke, " or we could 
not have stopped here. The proper way is to 
breathe through our noses, as uncle is now 
doing. All the draught of air is going in and 
out of those passages above us, as you'll feel 
presently. But come along now, we've a stiff 
climb before us." 

So saying, Luke got up, pulled Belinda off 
her seat, lifted the packages, and walked to 
the side of the cavern along the edge of the 
slope. 

** Where are you going now, Pill?" 

" Tm going to climb up this side as far as 
that oval opening above, Bozy." 

"Oh, don't; pray dont. Pill I If you 



106 TRAVELS lAT THE INTERIOR. 



should fall, nothiDg could save you from 
slipping down over the edge and being dashed 
to pieces." 

" Nonsense, Bozy ; you don't know me. I'm 
quite safe." 

So saying, he placed the two packages in 
a little recess behind the posterior pillar, and 
produced tw^o small steel grappling irons, or 
hooks, such as were used for lifting the bales 
of wool on board his uncle's ship, and which 
afford a secure hold in any soft substance; to 
each he attached a bit of wire rope four feet 
long, at the end of which was a loop. 

Plunging one hook in the wall as high as 
he could reach (the instrument being so minute 

as to cause no pain), he placed his foot in 
the loop, and, raising himself off the tongue, 
plunged, the other hook in some feet higher. 
Putting his other foot in the loop attached to 
it, he pulled out the lower hook and inserted 
it afresh as high as he could reach, thus forming 




BEHIND THE SCENES. 107 



a movable step-ladder of the simplest construc- 
tion. His head was soon level with the top 
of the huge curtain, and in a moment more he 
had gained the oval aperture in the wall be- 
hind it. Pushing aside the yielding walls, he 
stood safely on the threshold. 

Belinda, who had followed every movement 
with breathless interest, could not repress a 
scream of delight when he got there. 

*' All right, Bozy," he shouted down, lowering 
his wire rope ; " hook them on." 

Belinda hooked on the packages, which were 
soon landed safely above. 

Now came the young lady's turn. With 
no little trepidation she passed the padded rope 
securely beneath her arms, hooked it on itself, 
and then said : '* All right." 

Drawn up by the stout arms of her brother, 
she could not repress a shudder as she dangled 
over the verge of the profound abyss below, 
and very thankful she was to find herself once 



108 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

more on terra firma, standing with Luke in 
the cleft in the cavern s wall. 

" Where are we now ? " was her first 
question. 

**In the mouth of the left eustachian tube 
leading from the pharynx to the left ear, Bozy," 
was the reply. "Now look, and see what a 
view you get of the posterior nares I " 

On a level with them, straight in front 
above the top of the curtain, was the floor of 
two lofty cavernous passages that, divided by 
a narrow party wall, occupied the whole of 
the upper half of the front of the cavern. The 
entrances were in shape something like two 
huge Gothic windows, each some hundred yards 
high by fifty broad.* The caverns had smooth 

floors and arched roofs, and were evidently of 
great length. Along them beams of light, 
tinged rosy red, struggled through, showing 

♦ These apertures are said to be tlie exact size of the first 
joint of the person's thumb. 



BEHIND THE SCENES. 109 

they communicated far in front with the open 
air. 

What arrested Belinda's attention, however, 
was that all the walls and floor appeared in 
tremulous motion, and not until Luke turned 
his light full on them were the wonders of the 
scene displayed. All along both caverns of 
the nose, as far as they could see, all round 
the large cavern of the pharynx, as far down 
as the level w^here they were standing, presented 
the appearance of fields of ripe corn waving 
backwards and forwards in the breeze. Even 
where they stood the very floor and walls were 
in perpetual motion, w^hich on close inspection 
turned out to be due to innumerable short, stiff 
hairs, one or two inches long, in continual motion. 
Lower down, along the wall where Luke had 
climbed, there was not a vestige of them to 
be seen. 

" Do you see, Luke ; do you see all that 
moving ? " said Belinda excitedly. " What is it V 



no TRAVELS m THE INTERIOR. 



" Cilia/' replied her brother. 

" Fm not sillier," said Belinda indignantly, 

" than you, or any one else. I don't believe 

you know what it is. It looks like Mive' 

velvet. Does it always keeps moving like that ? " 

** Always," said Luke impressively. ** Yours 
began when you were born, and will continue a 
short time after you are dead." 

''What is it for?" 

" To sweep all the dust and dirt away, 
Belinda; and, as I told you before, these hairs 
are called c — i — I — i — a, which simply means 
* eyelashes.' " 

" I wonder they are never tired," said 
Belinda, gazing at the ever-waving surface 
from which the electric light was reflected iu 
trembling silver streaks, like the moonbeams 
from a rippling lake. " Are they alive ? " 

"They are," said Luke, "and no more 
tired than your heart which for ever beats,. 
or your blood which for ever flows." 



BEHIND THE SCENES. Ill 

" It makes me tired even to think of them. 
Oh, dear, I wish they would stop just for 
one moment. Then do we breathe through 
those two long caverns, Pill ? " 

" Yes, Bozy. You see even when the 
mouth is shut the air can rush in and out 
of these openiugs straight up and down that 
shaft below." 

" Why is it better to breathe through the 
nose than through the mouth, Pill ? " 

"For at least three reasons, Bozy. In 
the first place, breathing through the mouth 
is worse, because it is a much shorter way 
than through these long passages of the nose. 
The air, therefore, has no time to get warmed 
before it reaches the lungs at the bottom of 
the shaft. Secondly, it is a worse way, 
because it is so much more open. All the 
grains of dust and dirt, not to mention the 
spores or germs of a hundred diseases, reach 
the lungs readily through the mouth, whereas 



112 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

when the air is drawn through those two 
long passages in front of us, which are very 
narrow nearer the front, a great many of these 
things are strained off, left behind, and 
brushed back, and never reach the lungs at 
all. Thirdly, when the air is drawn through 
the mouth it produces a perpetual draught 
there, drying up the tongue and throat as 
well as the saliva. Therefore, finally and 
lastly, the air breathed through the nose is 
w\armer, moister, and purer than the air 
breathed through the mouth." 

** Capital, Pill. Til never breathe through 
my mouth again." 

" If you read Mr. Catlin's book, called 
*Shut your mouth and save your life,' you 
never would, 'Bozy. He there shows that no 
animals or savages ever breathe through their 
mouths, that it is only a product of degenerate 
civilisation, and has done much towards the 



BEHIND THE SCENES. 113 

increase of all luag diseases, besides being a 
fertile source of nightmares." 

"Which way do most people breathe?" 




" I'm inclined to think, Bozy, through the 
nose. One night when on duty in the wards, 
I counted 200 patients, and found that very 
nearly half (men and women) were sleeping 



114 



TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



with their mouths open, and a large propor- 
tion of these had lung diseases.^ But enough 
about breathing; we must now explore this 
passage. " 



• We have verified this, arid find the proportions about 
right ; though whether the diseases are the cause or effect of 
the open mouth we cannot say. — Ed. 



CHAPTER VII]. 



THE ORGAN LOFT. 



Description of the luarvela of the air passage to the Middle 
Ear — They walk along it — Outer, Middle, and Inner Ears 
surveyed and explained — Luke shouts into the Inner 
Ear to ask if he may carry off the gold he has packed, 
while Belinda goes back to the Throat to watch the 
ansfrer in the Mouth. 

" I THINK this is a dear little cave ; it is 
so much softer and warmer than that old 
tooth. The walls are just like red velvet 
with a very long pile," said Belinda, glancing 
round. "It seems too nice to walk on, Pill." 
" Oh, it won't hurt it. You notice it 
keeps brushing everything out towards the 
mouth, so as to keep the ear free from any 



TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 



little grains of duat or dirt that tbe air 
might blow up the passage." 

" What do you say this passage is called, 
Pill?" 

"The eustachian tube. It leads to the 
middle ear." 

"The 'middle ear!' What do you mean? 
How many ears have I ? " 

" Well, first of all, there are your two 
long ones outside, which are the only — 
(Don't, Belinda, you'll break the drum of 
my ear if you box it like that !) — ones you 
have ever seen. Within these, on each side, 
you have a middle ear, which we shall 
reach directly, and within this again you 
have an intei'nal ear that I'm afraid we 
cannot inspect on this tour — at least, if 
we did, I'm afraid it would make uncle deaf 
for life." 

*' Are you sure we are doing him no 
harm now ? I feel just as if I was 



TRE OnGAN LOFT. 117 

trespassing," said Belinda, in tear. "I'm 
enjojing all this very much, but I wouldn't 
hurt uncle for the world — not even to get 
rich," she added. 

"I'm not going to steal his gold, Belinda. 
Did I not tell you I sboulr! ask him for it?" 

"But you were only joking." 

" Indeed I was not. I've come up here 
on purpose to ask his leave to take it, and 
you sliall tell me his answer." 

" Impossible, Pill ; you are too ridiculous." 

" I never was more serious in my life, 
Bozy; but here we are at last." 

The pair had been steadily walking along 
the narrow, lofty passage, which was uphill 
all the way and as slippery as glass from 
the "live velvet" on the floor. 

" What a lovely place I " exclaimed Belinda, 
clapping her bands with delight in a most 
undignified manner as the scene burst upon 
her. " What a dear little house ! 1 should 



118 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOF. 



like to live here all my life. But what an 
awful * thump, thump' keeps going on over 
our heads; and whatever is that roaring, 
rushing sound like a waterfall just below us? 
Do begin. Pill, and explain all these things 
hanging about here, and what they all mean." 

''Don't be excited, child," shouted Luke, 
to make himself heard. " It certainly is 
lovely. The fact is, I've never been here 
before myself, and I had no idea we should 
really see everything so plainly. If you will 
be quiet, and sit down and calm yourself, I 
will describe it all to you.' 

" All right, you dear, good boy ; go ahead," 
shouted back Belinda, seating herself on a 
velvet ledge in a perfect rapture of delight. 
** I think the inside of our head is ever so 
much prettier than the outside ; but this 
constant thumping quite frightens me." 

No one who has ever stood where Belinda 
was, will have any surprise at her delight at 




TBE ORGAN LOFT. 119 

aach a sight after emerging from the long, 
dark passage. The room, or cell, was of an 
irregular shape some thirty yards long, twenty 
high, and only about ten broad. It was lighted 
by a huge oval window, which occupied nearly 
the whole of one side, glazed with some semi- 
transparent material that admitted a " dim 
religious light." On the opposite wall were 
two very pretty windows, one oval and the 
other round, each about eight yards across. 

The special feature of attraction, however, 
was a most remarkable chain of bones that, 
suspended by sHugs from the roof, stretched 
right across from the huge window in the 
outer wall to the oval one in the other. 
These bones were most curiously shaped (one 
of them being a perfect stirrup), and were 
incessantly shaking and rattling as if they 
had the palsy. Picture these, entirely covered, 
together with the whole cell, with an exqui- 
sitely delicate shade of pink velvet, having 



120 TRAVELS IN THE INTER! Oli. 

a very long, silky pile, which, in constant 
motion, kept incessantly reflecting ripples of 
silvery light from Luke's lamp, and we shall 
have some faint idea of what this Robinson 
Crusoe and Lady Friday were gazing upon. 

But if what met the eye was lovely, the 
sounds that reached the ear were enough to fill 
the listener with awe. The heavy thud (which 
had attracted Belinda's attention at first, and 
sounding like a huge steam-hammer) continued 
with perfect regularity on the roof overhead, 
and the roaring rush, like Niagara, beneath 
their feet, sounded absolutely overwhelming. 

** Explain these awful noises. Pill." 

*' The thumping overhead is the pulsation of 
uncle's brain, which beats just like the heart, and 
the rushing under our feet is the sound of the 
great carotid, which is one of the four arteries by 
which the whole brain is supplied with blood." 

" How wonderful ! " said Belinda. ** Now tell 
me about the cave." 



THE ORGAN LOFT. 121 



E HIIVT THUD COnXINUED (iJa'JEl20), 



122 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

m 

" We will begin with the outer wall, Bozy," 
said Luke, as soon as they were seated, *' which, 
as you observe, is nearly entirely taken up by 
that huge oval window. It does not let in 
very much light, because it is placed at the 
end of a passage nearly 150 yards long. It 
is glazed by stout parchment, and is called 
the drum of the ear. You see that huge 
piece of strong, fleshy cord coming out from 
this hole over our heads, and fiistened into 
it. That is a contrivance for tightening up 
the drum when needed to deaden the sound. 
You see that thick, white cord stretched across 
the top corner of the wall. That is your first 
view of a livinor nerve. That nerve works the 
saliva glands, and has something to do with 
the sense of taste. Now for these lovely 
bones.'* 

■ 

" Do you know, I've just found out what 
they are like," said Belinda with glee ; " that one 
next the drum is like a huge hammer ; the 



TEE OBGAN LOFT. 123 

next is juet like an anvil, while that third 
one is a perfect stirrup." 

" I think the whole place looks like a black- 
smith's forge upside down. I propose we call 
it ' the village smithy,' Bozy." 

" Certainly not, Pill ; you are grossly un- 
poetical. I shall call it ' the organ loft.' Don't 
you remember taking me into that one at 
home ? That thumping and rushing are just 
like the bellows going ; and all these queer 
things about are just like what you see in one, 
only it's not so dusty. But never mind the 
name. Look at those bones. Are you quite 
sure I've got any like that?" 

" Quite sure, Bozy, or you could not hear 
my beautiful explanation of them. You have 
also guessed their correct names. The malleus, 
or hammer-bone, is, as you see, fastened by 
its long handle across the inside of the drum, 
while its heavy head is suspended by a stout 
sling from tho roof. This head, you observe. 



124 TRAVELS m THE INTEBIOE. 



is resting on the incus or anvil, which is sup- 
ported in the air by another stout sling fixed 
to the roof. It has, as you see, two feet, one 
of which is fixed to the wall behind, while 
the nearest one is fastened by a universal joint 
to the head of that really beautiful stirrup. 
The bottom of the stirrup or stapes is firmly 
attached to the oval drumhead in the inner wall, 
and thus these bones make a complete hanging- 
chain across your organ loft." 

"What are they for, Pill?" 

** Well, can't you guess, Bozy, when you 
see them shivering and shaking like that ? 
You know that sound is simply a series of 
vibrations. All sounds cause the drum of the 
ear to vibrate, and as it vibrates it shakes the 
handle of the hammer ; that shakes the anvil, 
and that wags the stirrup, which in its turn 
causes the inner drumhead to vibrate." 

"And what then?" 
Then you see, Bozy, we reach the internal 



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TSE Oj^QAN LOFT. 



eaf, which J8 very hard tq understaod. I'll 
try and explaiq it as well as I can. Firat of 
all. Jet us finish this cell. That further wall 
you see has several openings, leading to little 
caves full of air ia that bone which you can 
feel behind your ear. 

" The roof and floor present nothing re- 
markable. Now for the inner wall. Get up, 
Bozy, and inspect it. Now, what do you see 1 " 

"First of all, it bulges dreadfully here in 
front." 

" That is the internal ear forcing out the 
bone." 

" Then I see a dear little pyramid of bone 
here, with a hole at the top, and a strong 
white cord coming out of the hole and fastened 
to the neck of the stirrup." 

" That ia the top of the smallest muscle in 
the body, called the 'stirrup muscle,' which ia 
hidden inside that pyramid, and which tightens 
the stirrup against that window when needed." 



126 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB, 



*' Then here are these two splendid windows. 
That oval one above is nearly blocked up with 
the end of the huge stirrup fastened against 
it, but this round one below has nothing but 
parchment stretched across it." 

"Climb up and look in, Bozy," said Luke, 
handing her the hooks. "What do you 
see?" 

" I don't see anything," said Belinda, pulling 
herself up, and standing on Luke's shoulders ; 
" it's all dark." 

**Well, now listen!" said Luke. 

** Yes, Pill, I hear that great rushing sound 
under my feet." 

" I meant listen to vie. Attention ! The 
internal ear is like a huge periwinkle shell, 
fixed by its broad end against the other side 
of this inner wall. Instead, however, of having 
only one spiral canal like a periwinkle, it has 
two, winding round tw^o-and-a-half turns to the 
point of the shell, where they join. They are 



THE ORGAN LOFT. 



127 



separated all tbe way up by a fine membraDe. 
One of these winding canals begins at this 
round window, tbe other a short distance behind 
this oval one. All this inner ear is filled with 




DitORAM or »£criON or iNTeBMit, UB (magaiaed 100 time«). 

a watery fluid. You will now see that every 
vibration being carried by these bones across 
this middle ear, and repeated on this inner 
drumhead, is communicated to the water-canals 



128 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

behixx^, the roof of the lower one of which ^s 
formed all the way up by this fine-stretche4 
metub^aney running round and round inside the 
shell. Now comes the most wonderful part. 
All the way up, resting on this membrane, 
arc some three thousand little hammers, each 
one fitting accurately into a hollow pad, and 
looking just like the inside of a piano {see 
Illustration) ; and it is supposed that the vibra- 
tions in the fluid are taken up by the membrane 
and hammers, and communicated to the nerves 
of hearing that proceed to the brain. That 
is a very rough description, Bozy, but the 
fact is, you could not understand me if 1 
went into it more minutely. Some of the 
details are more wonderful still." 

** I am curious, Pill. Just tell me one or 
two things, and Til see if I can understand 
them." 

"Well, you know certain sounds set our 
teeth on edge. That is supposed to be becaus ^ 



THE ORGAN LOFT. 129 

the nerve that goes to the teeth and that 
which runs from the ear lie side by aide, 
and when the latter is jarred by the squeak 
of a pencil on a slate, it jars its neighbour, 
which at once tells the teeth what has 
happened. Now, take the drum of the ear. 
Instead of being evenly stretched across the 
opening, it is unevenly stretched, so as to 
receive vibrations varying from 30 to 5,000 
per second. That muscle that you see attached 
to its inner side is for tightening this drum, 
so as to deaden the sounds that fall on it. 
Thus, after a time, we can bear loud noises 
better. The passage, again, by which we 
entered is generally closed where it opens 
into the pharyni. Every time we swallow, 
however, it opens for a minute, so as to let 
air into your 'organ loft,' that the pressure 
may be equal on both sides of the drum. 
You can prove this by blowing out your 
cheeks with mouth and nose shut, and swallow. 



130 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 

when you will feel a pressure on the drum 
of the ear from the rush of air from the 
pharynx up this passage." 

" That is not hard, Pill. I quite understand 
every word." 

" Well, ril tell you two things more. That 
fine membrane I mentioned, on which all the 
piano-hammers stand in the internal ear, is 
believed to be the true organ of hearing, and 
is supposed to consist of an almost infinite 
number of fine strings of different lengths and 
tensions, tuned to vibrate to different notes, 
and together capable of responding to all the 
different waves of sound. 

" Lastly, light is formed by waves of ether, 
sound by waves of air; but the former is 
vastly the more delicate sense. The range of 
air-waves perceptible as sound to our ears, 
ranges from 16 (the deepest bass note) to 
40,000 per second; but the ether waves per- 
ceptible as light to our eyes range from 456 




TEE ORGAN LOfT. 131 

billion rays per aecood (which is red) to 667 
billions (which is violet). Such a world of 
wonders as the human ear, to my mind is 
positive proof of intelligent creation, of infinite 
wisdom, and of almighty power. Though all 
ears, from the lowest to the highest, are 
formed on one general type, the fact to me 
is rather indicative of one Master Hand having 
moulded them all, than of their having been 
simply evolved by force of circumstaneea. The 
mind fails to imagine any chain of circum- 
stances by which such an exquisite organ could 
possibly be produced." 

"Well done. Pill; do write all that out. 
It ia splendid." 

" You may laugh, Bozy ; but it would 
'rile' you if you heard all the sucking 
' M.D.'s ' gravely sitting in judgment on marvels 
of creation like this, that even now, with the 
aid of our most powerful microscopes, we do 
not fully understand." 

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132 TRAVELS IN TEE INTEBIOE. 

"Now tell me how we get deaf, Pill." 
"The most common cause is from a 'cold 
in the head/ which swells the lining of the 
tube we have come up and obstructs it. This 
prevents the air getting in or out of this 
middle ear, and so the pressure is unequal on 
these drums. Neglected and repeated colds 
lead to permanent thickening of all the lining 
membrane, and thus, frequently, to incurable 
deafness. Thus we generally get deaf through 
the throat. Damp hair and draughts often 
cause these colds in young ladies." 

"Is there no other way of getting deaf?" 
"Yes, Bozy, at least two. Generally, as 
I have said, the middle ear is at fault through 
this eustachian tube. But deafness may arise 
from the outer ear or from the inner. From the 
outer we get deaf by accumulations of wax, 
or by injury to the drum. It is just as 
safe to probe your eyes with a pin as to 
probe your ears, for you are nearly certain 



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THE ORGAN LOFT. 133 

to injure the drum, which is no thicker than 
a sheet of note-paper. The drum may be per- 
forated from disease, or from the concussion 
of an explosion or loud noise. It is always 
well to put cotton- wool in the ear at the 
firing of artillery, etc. One Lord Chief Justice 
I heard of lost his life through the salt water 
entering this 'loft' through a hole in the *drum' 
while bathing, and inflaming it. Boxing boys' 
ears also sometimes breaks the drum." 

"It is a wonder yours are whole, then, 
Pill. Now, what about the inner ear?" 

** Oh, that is the most hopeless kind of 
deafness, and arises from a disease of the 
nerve of hearing itself, which can seldom be 
cured, and is often accompanied by the most 
distressing noises. You will see from all this 
what nonsense it is to keep dropping things 
into the outer ear when, if the 'drum' is 
whole, they cannot possibly reach this 'loft' 
where the disease generally is." 




134 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

"What makes our ears ache sometimes?" 

" That also is from an inflammation of this 
middle ear, Bozy." 

"Just think of all that those three bones 
have heard," said Belinda, turning to look at 
them once more. " They gave their first rattle 
when uncle was born, and his mother said, 
* Pretty dear,' or * what a darling,' and I sup- 
pose they have hardly ever stopped since. 
All poor aunt's loving whispers have been 
repeated by them, as well as mother's last 
words to uncle, ' Take care of my poor children.' 
How they must tear away when a band is 
playing, or at a political meeting ! I could sit 
here for hours just thinking of all the messages 
that have been carried between these two 
drums ; but have you told me all yet, Pill ? " 

"All! not a thousandth part. But it is 
time we went back. I must tell you one 
thing first, though. At the back of that oval 
window, besides the opening to the periwinkle 



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THE OBOAN LOFT. 135 

there are the double openings to three semi- 
circular bony canals filled with fluid, one placed 
uprightly, the other flat, and the third obliquely. 
These form another wonderful organ, the organ 
of equilibrium. We stand upright by means 
of these three * spirit ' or ' water levels ' that 
tell us insensibly when we are leaning too 
much in any direction, so that we correct it 
at once. The moment we lose our conscious- 
ness, or faint, therefore, we fall down. There is 
also a disease where these canals are affected. 
The person keeps tumbling in one direction or 
another, exactly according to which canal has 
gone wrong. There is a subtle connection 
between hearing and the upright position (as 
seen in the marching of a regiment with a 
good band) that explains why the two organs 
are united." 

" Well, I declare, Pill, you really must stop 
now, IVe got quite a headache. Good-bye, you 
dear, wonderful ear; Til never forget you, 



136 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

though I may never see you again," said 
Belinda, waving a last adieu to the hammer, 
anvil, and stirrup as they kept on shaking as 
vigorously as ever. 

" Stop, Belinda," suddenly said Luke ; " with 
all my talking I had nearly forgotten why we 
came here. I've got to ask uncle about the 
gold. If I just speak right in front of this 
round window he will hear distinctly." 

" You don't mean it, Pill ! " 

*' I do, though, Bozy. He won't know^ we're 
here. We often imagine we hear voices speak- 
ing to us, which perhaps are only from some 
people at our fenestrum rotundum, or round 
window. He will probably answer instinctively, 
especially if he's having a nap, as I rather 
suspect." 

" I believe the whole thing is rubbish. Pill ; 
anyhow, we cannot tell what he answers, for 
we're far enough from his mouth, and surely 
he cannot talk with his ears 1 " 




THE ORGAN lOFT. 137 

"The passage is not above 200 yards long. 
Just run down it, Belinda, and keep fast hold, 
of this string. When you get to the end. (mind 
you don't tumble over), stand in the doorway 
and look carefully down at the tongue under 
the curtain. 

" You will feel me give a tug as soon as 
I ask him the question. Then listen. If you 
see the tongue move slightly, and you hear 
nothing, give one tug; he is saying 'No.' If 
you see the back of the tongue much raised, 
and bear a sound like a thousand rattlesnakes, 
give two tugs ; he is murmuring 'Yes.'" 

Belinda, charmed with the new theory of 
spirit voices, and with the idea of holding a 
conversation with her uncle under such remark- 
able circumstances, took the string and did 
exactly as she was told. She flew along the 
gallery, and soon reached the door. 

" May — we — have — some — of — the — gold — 
out — of — your — tooth — uncle?" said Luke dis- 



138 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB. 



tinctly into the round window to which he 
had climbed up. He then pulled the string, 
and waited in feverish anxiety for some time, 
when a smart tug nearly made him tumble 
down, soon followed by another. 

*' Thank — you — very — much — we — are — 
quite — safe — don't — look — for — us — any — 

more — we " said Luke again at the window, 

and then stopped suddenly, as another smart 
tug that broke the string, and a sharp blast 
of air, made him jump down. Seized at once 
with a terrible conviction that some catastrophe 
had happened, Luke rushed down the passage 
and soon gained the entrance. 

Belinda had disappeared ! No trace of her 
could be seen, and as Luke, trembling all over, 
directed his light across the cavern, he saw at 
a glance, with horror, that the whole scene had 
changed. 



CHAPTER IX. 



A CATASTROPHE. 



Luke rushes after her and finds her gone — All is a whirlpool 
of waters — AVlien it aiihsidcs, lie goes down and explores 
all about, and at l.iat hears licr voice at the bottom of 
the air-ahnft in thn "Windpipe — He descends by a rope, 
and after soma adventures joins her in a little cave at 
the side of the Vocal Cords — Swallowing and breathing 
seen, felt, and described. 

Luke gazed with awe at the altered aspect of 
his uncle's throat. The vast fleshy curtain 
dividing it from the mouth in front, raised 
by some unseen power, stretched horizontally 
just level with his head, reaching back to the 
posterior wall of the pharynx, and cutting off 
all communication with the nose above, and, 
indeed (but for being a little more raiaed on 



UO TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



his side), with the eustachian tubes as well, 
while the whole of the cavity of the mouth, 
which he could now plainly see, together with 
the pharynx was filled with a tossing, whirling 
stream of turbid water, that, reaching nearly 
up to his feet, was rushing and eddying like 
a maelstrom down the dark abyss at the rear. 
At first sight Luke's impression was that his 
uncle was dying, and this, with Belinda's dis- 
appearance, who was probably drowned, filled 
him with anguish, and he, somewhat unfairly, 
charged himself with being the unlucky author 
of the double catastrophe by undertaking such 
a rash and hazardous journey. He soon, how- 
ever, discovered that his uncle was not dying, 
but only drinking what, from the somewhat 
muddy appearance of the torrent, Luke rightly 
guessed to be beer. Relieved from one fear, 
the other only returned with double force. He 
shouted his sister's name once or twice, with no 
other answer than the echo from the lofty roof. 



A CATASTROPHE. 141 

" She's drowned in that dreadful whirlpool ; 
I know she is, and it's all my fault," sobbed 
poor Luke, completely breaking down in his 
grief for his beloved Bozy. "Whatever 
possessed ine to let her leave my aide in 
such a place ? " 

Overcome with grief, Luke looked in a help- 
leas sort of way all round the cavern, illumi- 
nating each part in turn with the electric ray, 
until at last as he turned it downwai-d again 
he found to his joy the waters were abating. 
Eeady to risk everything for his darling sister, 
he fastened the steel hook of his wire rope 
firmly in the cavern's wall, and as soon as the 
last of the flood disappeared down the black 
gulf, he rapidly descended hand over band in 
the forlorn hope of being able to find poor 
Belinda's body in some corner of the pharynx. 
Once more he stood on the shelving, slippery 
edge of the precipice at the back of the tongue, 
and looked anxiously around. 



U2 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



"Belinda I Belinda I" he shouted, in heart- 
broken tones. Did his ears deceive him? or 
was there really a faint, muffled voice saying, 
"All right, Pill, dear"? He called again. 
This time there could be no doubt there was 
an answer; but whence? His ears gave him 
no help as to the direction of the voice. 
It was evident, however, that his sister was 
alive somewhere, and that was sufficient to 
cause Lukes heart to bound with joy. The 
pendulous curtain of the soft palate had 
dropped again behind him, and in front 
the semicircular wall (already described), 
which he noticed when the water first 
disappeared was tightly closed down over 
the air-shaft, now stood upright in front 
of it. An inspiration seized him, and 
walking cautiously along he descended ta 
the low parapet, and looking over it down 
the pipe he once more shouted, "Belinda." 

"All right, Pill," said a cheery voice from 



A CATASTROPHE. 143 

below; "I'm alive and as snug as anything. 
Oh! but I did get a fright; I thought I was 
kUted." 

" Where are you ? " said Luke, looking 
down with his light. 

"Here," shouted the lost one. About fifty 
yards from the mouth the large air-shaft was 
nearly closed by two broad, white, gliateniug 
bands, which, stretching across from each side, 
left only a small triangular apace some fifteen 
yards broad in the middle. The sides of 
these bands were partly concealed from view 
by the soft red walls of the shaft ; but what 
interested and delighted Luke, however, was 
the sight of his sister's hands visible beyond 
the overhanging sides, waving vigorously a 
red sash. 

"All right," said Luke, as soon as this 
token appeared, " I'll be with you in a 
moment." 

The fifty yards were, however, a little too 



144 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

far even for Luke to jump, so lie ran back, 
jerked his liook off the wall above, and, fixing 
it securely on the edge of the shaft, rapidly- 
descended hand over hand till he stood on 
the silvery ledge. Only for an instant, though, 
for, as his feet touched it, the floor slid from 
beneath them, a deafening clap of thunder 
was heard, and Luke was hurled upwards 
with such violence, that, had he not been 
standing near the sides, he would have been 
driven right against the cavern's roof; but as 
it was, his head came in forcible contact with 
the soft red overhanging wall already spoken 
of, and down he fell again, half-stunned, 
rolling off the white floor into a recess at the 
side till now concealed from his view. 

When he recovered he found himself with 
his head on Belinda's lap, who was saying in 
a doleful voice, " My poor Pill, my poor 
Pill ! " and going off into a general state of 
shakes, accompanied by short gasps that might 



A CATASTROPHE. 145 

be %obs, but that sounded to Luke's returnicg 
senses suspiciously like laughs. Rousing him- 
self he lifted his head and sat up. There 




was Belinda, kneeling in front of him, ' her 
face illuminated with the light he still carried, 
and which, curiously enough, had not been 
put out, and evidently laughing. 



146 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



" I'm glad to see you so merry, Bozy," 
said Luke, rather ruefully, '* but IVe had an 
awful shaking in mind and body. What with 
losing you, and the force of that explosion, 
I feel anybody but myself." 

" I had my share too. Pill," said Belinda, 
" but as you see, I've recovered, and so will 
you." 

"Tell me, Bozy, where we are, exactly, 
and how you got here." 

"We're in the dearest, duckiest little cave 
I ever saw, Pill, opening on to one of those 
treacherous bands that were nearly the death 
of both of us. However Tm alive I really 
cannot understand. If everything were not so 
soft and spongy I certainly must have been 
dashed in pieces." 

" Well, however in the world did you get 
here ? " 

"Pretty much as you did, Pill, only a 
little faster. I was standing, you know, at 



A OATASTBOPHE. 147 

tlie eod of that tube when, just after I heard 
the rattlesnakes, tho floor moved, and before 
I knew where I was, down I fell. Well, I 
gave myself up for lost, and shrieked awfully. 
Somehow, when I reached the tongue I slided 
about, and by the greatest miracle tumbled 
down here instead of down that precipice 
behind. I fell on the same white band, which 
exploded, just as it did with you, banged me 
up against that red ledge, and down I rolled 
here. But I had no kind brother tu comfort 
me, and, what was worse, something shut 
down tightly over the top of the shaft, and 
I had no light, and very little air, while over- 
head was the most fearful rushing and gurg- 
ling. I thopght uncle was dying, and all 
the time. Pill, there was such a dreadful 
rocking and heaving that I felt quite sick." 
"I thought he was dying, too, Bozy. 
But what an escape you had ; if you had 
fallen a second later you must have been 



148 TRAVELS IN TEE INTERIOR. 

drowned. We're both a good deal shaken, 
though ; we had better pull ourselves together 
a bit first, and then have our dinner." 

So saying, Luke pulled out a flat tin box, 
and, cautiously opening it, took out two small 
squares like dice, and handing one to Belinda, 
put the other in his mouth. 

"What is it?" said Belinda, eyeing it 
suspiciously. " I hope it won't make us grow 
large, or else we'll choke uncle on the spot, 
for this is where he breathes." 

m 

" What rubbish, Bozy ! " said Luke, who 
had now quite recovered. "Besides being ill- 
bred, don't you know it's very rude to ask 
a doctor what he is going to give you ? I 
hand this to vou as a medical man, not as 
vour brother." 

"Nevertheless, I will not eat it till I 
know what it is," said the unbelieving one. 

"There again, Belinda, you show the sadly 
confusing effects of your fall. You must not 



A OATASTROPSE. 149 

eat it; you mu3t swallow it. Why? Why, 
because that's the whole beauty of it. If you 
must know, this is entirely a new combina- 
tioD of improved Cockle's Pills (made with 
Pears' soap) and Eno's fruit salt. The round 
pill is in the middle, and the angles are 
formed of the compressed salt, which, dissolv- 
ing off first when swallowed, prepares the 
patient for the pill inside. I think it's a 
lovely idea. The whole acts as a pick-me-up." 

"I wish it would pick uie up out of this 
hole, Pill, that I do," said Belinda, as she 
swallowed it with a wry face. 

"Resignation in the presence of adverse 
circumslances, Bozy, is a quality of inestimable 
value. Having now restored our shattered 
nerves, let us dine." 

"I can't make this place out. First I'm 
roasting hot, and then shivering with cold," 
said Belinda. 

"That," replied Luke, "is because the Black 



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150 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOE. 

Sea air that uncle is probably inspiring is 
very cold, while the air he expires that 
rushes up this tube is quite warm. Come a 
little further out of that awful draught, Bozy, 
and you'll be all right. In this secluded cave, 
free from all the cares of the busy world 
outside, we can contentedly regale ourselves 
on the contents of my left-hand coat-pocket, 
thankful that we have been spared a miserable 
and painful death in the bronchi of our un- 
kunc-cle. Oh, dear, whatever is this?" 

The cause of the ''kunc" in the Inst word 
was a blow in the back from a sudden 
bulging out of the soft red wall ngainst which 
Luke was leaning. 

The query that followed it was from a 
sensation that the above cave and air-shaft 
was being forcibly carried upwards and forwards. 

At the same time the couple saw, to their 
horror, the top of the shaft closed by the 
falling down of the epiglottis or movable 



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A CATASTROPHE. 151 

wall in front of it, and, still worse, two 
huge, fleshy pyramids, to the base of which 
the white bands were attached, and which 
are situated side by side at the back of the 
shaft, began slowly to revolve on their base, 
and then approximate the bands to each other 
till the chink between was nearly closed up. 
To crown all, a fearful crashing sound above 
was heard, like a dozen boiler-sheda all at 
work hammering at once. Luke regained his 
self-possession first, and his cheeks, which had 
turned ashy pale, gradually regained the hue 
of health. 

" There's that awful heaving again, Pill," 
said Belinda. " How do you like it ? Doesn't 
it make you sick ? I can't imagine why uncle 
does it." 

" We are certainly well shaken, Bozy," said 
Luke, " but we're not yet taken, so fear not, 
for we could not bo in a safer place. That 
movement of the walls comes from the 



162 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

passage of food behind, down the gullet. 
This awful heaving (which, I regret to say, is 
still going on) is an essential part of the act 
of swallowing, and is caused by the forcible 
drawing upwards and forwards of the whole 
air-shaft towards the tongue out of the way 
of the food, which, together with the shutting 
of the epiglottis as a lid, enables all that is 
swallowed to shoot over it and down the 
widened gullet behind. That awful crashing 
sound is the grinding of the teeth together, 
while those pillars that move so silently 
round are called the aretynoid cartilages, which 
draw together or separate these vocal cords 
below. Now they close them, so that even 
if anything should get in at the top of the 
shaft it could not fall into the lungs, but 
would tumble on these bands, and then be 
coughed up. It is evident that uncle, after 
nearly drowning us by drinking, is torturing 
us by dining." 



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A OATASTROPHE. 153 

"I hope he'll stop soon, Pill; I do feel bo 
ill. It really is most unfeeling of him to give 
us all this suffering for his own enjoyment." 

"We Bhall soon get used to it, Bozy. 
Meanwhile let us revenge ourselves on any 
ladies and gentlemen who may be inside our 
windpipe, and jog them up and down by 
dining ourselves. You shall have a whole 
H.F.D. to-day, and as much hot coffee as 
you can drink without spilling, and after 
dinner, when this 'ship in a storm' business 
has stopped, we'll have a little chat about 
uncle's larynx before retiring to roost." 

The simple, yet satisfying meal being over, 
and after a time the motion gradually ceasing, 
the pair of adventurers, being still weary (in 
spite of Cockle - cum - Eno), reclined lazily 
against the soft red walls, which were covered 
with the same "live velvet" that had gained 
Belinda's admiration in the regions above. 

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154 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



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Luke's forehead, and swung by a grappling 
book from tbe low roof in front of tbem, 
casting its soft radiance all round tbe cave 
and into tbe buge air-sbaft beyond. 

** First of all/' said Belinda, witb a long 
yawn, '* tbe old question, wberc are we ? " 

** I know wbere we are," said Luke doubt- 
fully. *' I've read about it, I'm sure. It's 
called — sometbing to do witb tbe larynx." 

"Pill," said Belinda solemnly, "aren't you 
asbamed of yourself to begin a lecture like 
tbat ? If you've notbing better to say, I sball 
go to sleep. You explained tbe swallowing 
very well ; wby can't you go on ? " 

" Well, Bozy, if you bad bad a duster full of 
cbalk-dust, tied up into a bard ball, banging 
about your ears all lecture time, you wouldn't 
remember mucb of it yourself. I recollect 
distinctly tbe day old Wbite was lecturing 
on tbe larynx tbere was a regular sbindy. 
Give me just five minutes before I begin, to 
refresb my memory." 



A CATASTROPHE. 155 

" Oh, certaioly," said Belinda politely, 
making herself comfortable. " I'll give you 
ten if you like it, if you'll only say something 
worth hearing when you do begin." 

Luke pulled out a tiny volume printed in 
very small type, and set himself to "read up" 
the larynx. He had just reached the descrip- 
tion of the cave, wheu, looking up, he saw 
Belinda's head making the most vicious and 
sudden lunges towards her knees, and threaten- 
ing to dispose of all her teeth. 

" Belinda 1 " 

" What ? " 

" Nothing, only we'll go to sleep now. I 
think there must have been some ' soothing 
syrup ' in that pill ; I feel quite done up my- 
self. I'll lecture at nine to-morrow morning, 
and should like my hot water at seven. Don't 
forget to put your boots out." 

This facetious remark and a sleepy laugh 
from Belinda closed that day's perforraance. 



CHAPTER X. 

THE VICARAGE. 

Luke's boots fly about — Description of Vocal Cords, organs 
of speech, of breathing, talking, and singing, and 
clergyman's sore throat — They arrange to go down to 
the Stomach — Suddenly a voice is heard, "Miss 
Courteney, I believe " — Belinda faints. 

Next morning (the fourth of this eventful 
week) Luke felt some one tugging at his feet. 
At last oflf came one boot, and then the other. 
Luke opened his eyes. 

" Oh, you lazy boy," said Belinda, who was 
watching, him, "you never took your boots oflF 
at all last night. Tm just going to put them 
outside to be brushed." Before Luke could 
stop her she was as good as her word, and 



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deposited tbcm just outside of the cave on 
the treacherous white baud. The consequence 
was disastrous. A violent explosion of nothing 
{but with a tremendous noise) took place 
again. Away went the boots flying up against 
the overhanging roof, and down fell one of 
them, striking Luke on the head, and the 
other Belinda (who had time to bend down 
with fright) on the back. Thoroughly roused, 
Luke sprang up, rubbed his head, picked up 
his penitent sister, scolded her well, and pre- 
pared breakfast. By good fortune the boots 
did not break the glass globe on which their 
light depended, so that when the things were 
cleared away, and Belinda quietly seated, not 
too near the opening, to avoid the terrible hot 
and cold blasts that ceaselessly swept up 
and down the shaft, and would soon have 
extinguished any but an electric light, Luke, 
well crammed, also sat down for an interest- 
ing and humorous lecture. 



158 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB. 

**I will first of all tell you the names of 
some of these things/' said Luke, anxious to 
go through the list before he forgot it. 

"The lid or wall at the top, which shut 
down when uncle was drinking, is, as you 
know, called the epiglottis. The upper part of 
this air-shaft, between it and this white platform 
at our feet, is called the larynx; below this 
platform the shaft is called the trachea, or 
windpipe. It is four hundred yards long, and 
then branches into a right and left tube, 
supplying air to their respective lungs. These 
again subdivide till they get so exceedingly 
minute that even vvc could not pass through 
them. The whole of these passages, beginning 
at the epiglottis above, are covered with your 
favourite *live velvet,' which waves, as you 
see, all the time in an upward direction, so as 
to pass up towards the mouth any germs 
or particles of dust that may have lodged 
there." 



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LCKS, WILL CBUIXtD, ILSU BM SOWN (pagt IS7). 



160 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR, 



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''How lovely 1" 

"Those two overhanging roofs of our Ctave, 
and the one on the opposite side of the air- 
shafc, are called the false vocal cords. This 
cave is called ventriculus laryngis^ or ventricle 
of the larynx." 

** That's nice and pat, Pill. Just the way 
I like to hear it." 

''Don't be rude. We now come to this 
extraordinary white glistening platform, which, 
as you see, nearly closes up the shaft. It is 
formed of two white fibrous bands, kept damp 
by the moisture found in this cave, and leaving, 
as you observe, a large triangular opening 
called the glottis, between them in the 
middle. They are the true vocal cords, 
and are the means by which all sounds are 
produced — the mouth being concerned in articu- 
lation, or the formation of these sounds into 
words. When not in use the opening between 
them is, as you see, triangular, through which 



THE VICARAOE. Ifil 

the breathiDg perpetually goes on without any 
souod, for that never stops." 

" Never ? " 

"No, never," 

"Now I have you, Pill. How could uncle 
breathe yesterday when that epiglottis was 
tightly shut down, and when these cords were 
close together ? " 

"1 forgot that," said Luke. "Of course, 
when a person is drinking there is no breath- 
ing, or the water would get down to these 
cords, which would explode and produce a fit 
of coughing. That is the reason why after a 
long ' pull ' one feels quite exhausted for want 
of air, and has to take a deep breath." 

" As you have confessed you were wrong, 
you may now proceed, PilL" 

"Well, in breathing, the air passes noiselessly 
up and down through the glottis or triangular 
opening between the cords. When we speak 
or sing, however, this shaft acts exactly like a 



162 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR, 



reed-pipe in an organ. The lungs below are the 
bellows, the trachea is the wind-pipe, the vocal 
cords, which are then stretched by the aretynoid 
cartilages or pyramids that you saw move 
yesterday, and have their edges parallel,, are 
the vibratory reeds or tongues, while the throat 
and mouth form the sounding-pipe or box. In 
sounding a trumpet, or any other brass instru- 
ment, this state of things is curiously altered. 
The lungs are still the bellows ; but, instead of 
the trachea below these cords being the wind- 
pipe, the cords are widely opened, and the whole 
of the larynx, pharynx, and mouth form the 
wind-pipe ; the vibrating reeds which cause the 
sound being in this case the two lips, while the 
sounding-box, or pipe, is formed by the brass 
instrument itself. Snoring, when the soft palate 
acts as the vibrating reed, I have already ex- 
plained. But to return to these vocal cords. They 
are, as you see, smooth, and are really thin plates- 
composed of vast numbers of elastic strings." 



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TBE VICARAGE. 163 

" Then how is the ' do, re, mi ' managed, 
Pilll" 

"The pitch of the voice depends on the 
width of the chink left between the cords and 
on their tension, the sound being caused by the 
vibration of their edges. The loudness of the 
voice entirely depends on the strength of the 
blast of air sent up through the chink. To make 
it more wonderful still, these cords can be 
'stopped,' like a fiddle-striug, at any part, so as 
to still further vary tbe sound." 

" Now, tell me, Pill, why a woman's voice is 
so much sweeter than a man's." 

" Say shriller, Bozy. The reason is because 
her cords are one-third shorter. The cords of a 
tenor voice are also shorter than a bass one." 

" How do we speak, Pill ? " 

" We form the voice sounds or vowels (which 

are true musical notes) from ' ah ' to ' oo ' by 

gradually opening the glottis in proportion as 

we close the mouth. For instance, in ' ah ' the 

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164 TBAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



glottis is Dearly closed while the mouth is wide 
open, while in * oo ' its sound is reversed. The 
consonants are all formed by the lips or tongue, 
excepting * h,' which simply consists of an extra 
rush of air through the mouth, just before the 
riext letter is sounded." 

*' Anyhow, the cockneys do not seem to 
care a rush for it. Pill, except when they're 
excited." 

" In coughing, \vhich are the explosions we 
had yesterday, the cords meet for a moment, 
and are then burst open by a blast of air from 
the lungs." 

** What happens when we lose our voice ? " 

" We generally have to whisper ; the sound 
formed is like noisy breathing by a rush of air 
through a widely opened glottis. The cause 
may be that one of our vocal cords or both are 
destroyed by disease, or their edges may get 
thick and inflamed, or the muscles that move 
them may refuse to act. Our voices may not 




THE VICARAGE. 166 

be lost, and yet husky. This ariaea from a 
\vant of moisture, and is generally known as 
' clergyman's sore throat.' 

" After prolonged speaking in a loud tone, 
these two caves having been overworked in 
supplying moisture to the cords, are at last 
unable to produce any more. The speaking 
still continues, and the cords getting dry, the 
voice loses its silvery tone, while the glands in 
these caves that have been used so unreasonably 
get quite angry, and like persous in that con- 
dition, get hot and inflamed, and refuse to do 
any moie work till they have had a good 
holiday." 

" You are not sufl'cring from any of these 
complaints, Fill. Let me see, you called this 
cave some hideous long Latin name. For the 
future it's to be called The Vicarage, because 
it's the home of tbe clergy (man's sore throat). 
But, look, tbe cords are moving, I dechire." 

Belinda and Luke both jumped up, and 



166 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB. 



watched with interest the two massive cords, 
which, with the rapidity of lightning, now meet, 
now separate, vibrating violently, deep organ 
tones continually succeeding each other all the 
time. Not a word, however, could they 
distinguish, so indistinct and deafening were 
the sounds. 

** I should like to know what he is saying, 
Bozy." 

"So should I. Pill. I feel it's an age since 
I saw him, and yet here w^e are actually inside 
him all the time." 

" Inside, and yet outside, Bozy." 

" I don't see that." 

" Well, it's like going into a town, and 
being kept walking about the streets. They are 
wonderful enough, it is true, but we know very 
little of the inhabitants of this body world." 

*' What is a body world. Pill ? " 

"I merely referred to the millions and 
millions of living creatures that grow in our 



THE VIGARAQE. 167 

body. Here, for instance, is this 'live velvet/ 
I do not say that those little cells, from the 
tips of which these hairs are moving, can talk 
or think, but I most certainly say they are 
alive ; they can eat, and drink, and breathe, 
and be born, and live, and die, and, what is 
more, work hard in uncle's service every 
moment of their little lives. I declare it's quite 
affecting." 

" Don't, Pill, please, I'm getting watery. 
Oh, you dear live velvet." 

"Yes, Belinda, you might learn many a 
lesson of usefulness by considering these waving 
hairs." 

" So might you, sir ; I've often seen you 
idling about. I don't believe you'd have worked 
well at all but for the examinations. But are 
all the red walls alive, Pill? Are his throat, 
and tongue, and mouth all alive ? " 

" Of course they are, Bozy. Every part of 
our interior is composed of myriads of little cells, 



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TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



each one with a special history and a special 
work of its own. Some, in a self-denying sort 
of a way, are simply living stones and bricks, 
others fetch and carry, others, again, manu- 
facture all the different things uncle requires. 
If you could just imagine a city, with all its 
streets paved, and all houses built of rows of 
living people laid on one another, and carefully 
fed but not allowed to move, and full besides 
of inhabitants, carrying on every conceivable 
trade, you would understand what I mean by a 
' body world; " 

*' It's very hard to imagine such nonsense, 
Pill ; but what is the next thing on our 
programme ? Where, for instance, are we to 
sleep to-night ? " 

"Here, Bozy, in our little cot." 

'* And where to-morrow ? " 

" Far, far away, Bozy, * down among the 
dead men,' " said Luke mysteriously, in a 
hoarse voice. 



THE no A RAGE. 



169 



'* I know we're going to some dreadful 
place," said Belinda, with resignation, "but I 
don't care, I'm determined to see all I can." 

" I think it is now my duty to tell you, 
Bozy, that as soon as we leave here I suppose 
we shall be swallowed." 

" Swallowed ! " 

" Decidedly ; it's just like going in a tram. 
There's no other way of getting there. It's 
smooth and safe. It does not go as fast as a 
train, and it doesn't shake like an omnibus or 
cab." 

"Where?" 

"To the gasteer, Bozy." 

" You're wandering, Pill ; what do you want 
with gas tar ? We've got the electric light. 
Besides, what has being swallowed to do with 



gas 



?" 



" I did not say gas tar, nor gas dear ; but 
gasteer, which the French call Vestoniac." 

" Why cannot you speak plainly, and call a 



170 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOF. 

spade a spade, and say 'stomacb/ instead of 
you going on with your rubbishing affectation, 
Pill ? Please don't consider me the boarding- 
school miss of the story-book. What I want 
to find out is if you know what you're talking 
about. As far as I can see, we shall be drowned 
or choked, and, in any case, most certainly 
digested, and remember I did not bargain 

for that." 

Luke made no reply, but taking oflf his 
coat began deliberately emptying all his 
pockets one by one. Belinda felt slighted, 
and, turning away, leaned against the curtain 
of the cave, just under the electric light over- 
head, where she made as fair a picture as 
could well be seen. The cords had ceased to 
vibrate. All again was still, when suddenly — 
**MISS COURTENEY, I BELIEVE!" 
Belinda gave one shriek, and fell back on 
the floor of the cave. 




CHAPTER XI. 

AN ARRIVAL. 

Arrival of Sutton — Descriptiou of liis adventures from the 
bazaar on to Captain Ooodchild's boot, whisked in his 
handkerchief into his breast-pocket, thence j^ets into 
liis mouth, and wanders about till attracted by the 
electric light coming up the air-shaft — Further descrip- 
tion of sound — They are all sheathed in gutta-percha 
and provided with respirators, that purify and enable 
them to rebreatho their own breath, so as to exist 
without air. 

Luke turned round with a scared look, dragged 
his sister further into the cave, and began to 
" bring her to," after the most approved method. 
In a minute the fair one opened her eyes. 

** Oh, Pill, do get me out of this horrible 
place," she whispered. ** There's some one 
alive here ! " 



172 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



" What do you mean ? " said Luke, more 
alarmed, his hair gradually rising up oflF his 
head. 

"I heard a man's voice. I know I did, 
Pill. It said 'Miss Courteney.'" 

*' Nonsense, Bozy ; you make me feel queer 
all over," said Luke, getting very pale ; and 
fumbling in his waistcoat pockets, he handed 
his sister a Cockle-cum-Eno. 

" If I swallowed twenty of them they would 
make no difference. Pill," said Belinda, sitting 
up. **/ heard a voiced 

Luke, who, like Robinson Crusoe, had begun 
to regard his uncle as his own private property, 
felt quite as alarmed at this emphatic declaration 
as that hero did at the discovery of the foot- 
prints on the sand. 

"Where did it come from, Bozy?" he 
asked. 

** There ! " said Belinda, pointing to the cords. 

" Well, Tm not in the least afraid. I'll 



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AN ARRIVAL. 173 



go and see what it is," said Luke, getting paler 
still. 

*'ril stay here," said Belinda. 

Luke reluctantly left her side, compelled to 
show he was a man, and walked to the entrance. 
He had just peered out \vhen — " is that you, 

OLD CHAP ? " 

Luke turned sick, but he wouldn't scream. 
He was a man. 

" Belinda," he said, looking perfectly scared, 
" I'm not a bit afraid ; but we must find this 
out." 

** Not for worlds," said Belinda, moving still 
further aw^ay. 

Luke deliberately unhooked the lamp, and 
carefully directed it to the mouth of the opposite 
cave, whence the voice appeared to come. 

** How IX THE WORLD DID YOU GET DOWN, 
OLD FELLOW?" 

No ; it did not come from the cave. Shaking 
and feeling dreadfully ill, with some vague idea 



174 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



he knew the voice, Luke turned the light up the 
shaft. Nothing could be seen until his eye 
reached the low yellow parapet at the top, 
over which shone the red and spectacled face 
of their lost friend, Sutton ! 

**A11 right, Belinda," said Luke; "it's old 
' Mole.* You are a coward." 

** You know you wanted to scream yourself. 
Pill, only you were ashamed." 

" Mr. Luke Courtcney, I believe ! " shouted 
Sutton most politely down the shaft (rf la 
Stanley -Livingstone). " I hope I did not 
frighten you out of ten years growth, for Vm 
afraid you can hardly aflford it, judging by 
your size." 

" Hallo, Sutton, old fellow ! Glad to see 
you. Come down here. You'll find a hook 
fastened close by you, with a rope to come 
down by." 

Sutton did not want twice telling. He came 
down in true nautical style, and just before 



^y AliRIVAL. 




DIIIH'i KKOW IXICTLT ITBAT TO DO " {pO'Je ITG) 



176 TRAVELS 7iV THE INTERIOR, 

he reached the silvery platform, Luke dragged 
him safely into the cave. 

" Well, Miss Courteney, you look scared." 

" I believe you have turned my hair white, 
Mr. Sutton. You gave me an awful shock." 

" I could not believe my eyes when, on 
looking down the shaft, I saw that brilliant 
light, and you gracefully standing to be photo- 
graphed. I didn't know exactly what to do. 
I believe the proper thing is to make some 
sort of a remark about *Ahcm/ but I thought, 
on the whole, your own name would startle you 
the least." 

" Well," said Belinda, "you see, Mr. Sutton, 
we were not expecting you ; at the same time 
we give you a very hearty welcome to our * castle 
in the air ' (shaft), or, as I call it, * The Vicarage.' 
But may I ask you how you came here ? " 

" * The Vicarage,' Miss Courteney ? " 

** Yes, Mr. Sutton." And she had to explain. 
Luke got impatient. 



AN ARRIVAL. Ill 



"Now, tell me, Luke, how did you get 
here ? " 

" Let me see. Where did we part ? " said 
Luke. 

"Oh, you know. I saw you hurry off like 
mad, and getting ridiculously small, but at the 
same time trying to look fully six feet at least, 
and I ran after you as hard as I could, but you 
were too fast for me.'' 

" Well, you see," said Luke, a little ashamed, 
" I had Belinda to look after." 

" Well, whether you looked after her or not, 
I certainly not only * looked after,' but ran after 
you. I got as far as the room door, but it was 
shut." 

" We walked in, all the same," said Belinda, 
" underneath the crack." 

" Well, I could not quite do that, not being 
then small enough — I could now — and I didn't 
like crawling under, so I waited outside." 

" What then, old chap ? " 

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178 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

'* Why, then I was as nearly done for as any- 
thing. I felt a sort of inward shrinking still 
going on, and was waiting patiently, when all at 
once the door opened and two feet about the size 
of the Great Eastern stood in the doorway, which 
I presume, as they were going into the room, 
were your uncle's. Perhaps, indeed, you can tell 
me, Luke, in whose larynx we are ? I hope it 
really is your uncle's, and not some rascally 
Turkish waiter's." 

Belinda thought this idea capital, and, seeing 
her way clearly to a joke at Sutton's expense, 
said : 

**You know there were a lot of waiters in 
and out of that room. Pill, and, of course, one 
can't be certain with " 

" Oh, really. Miss Courteney, do you mean to 
say you don't know where we are ? " said poor ]\Ir. 
Sutton, with a face that filled Belinda with glee. 

" Well, we hoped you would enlighten us," 
said Belinda, still squeezing Luke's toes. 



AN ARRIVAL. 179 



" And I hoped this was your uncle. But let 
me tell you how I got here. It really is strange 
what one goes through in a lifetime. To think 
that a quite and an almost member of the 
Royal College of Surgeons, to say nothing of 
a fair student from Deptford High School, 
should meet in a gentleman's " — (" or lady's," 
suggested Belinda) — " no, a gentleman's — larynx. 
I saw his thick boots and trousers " 

"Finish your story, old chap, before we 
decide who he is." 

** Well, I was nearly crushed as flat as a 
biscuit by that great boot. I just hopped on 
one side, when a thought struck me, * If that is 
Captain Goodchild now is my chance ; ' so I 
scrambled to the side of the sole, just where 
there is a little ledge all round, when all at once 
down came a gust of wind, and a cloud of white 
muslin whack, whack, on the boot ! I got caught 
up in the folds, and was whirled away miles and 
miles." 

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180 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOn. 



*' What an awful thing!" said Belinda, getting 
interested. " Whatever do you think it was ? " 

" Don't you remember how much " began 

Luke. 

A violent squeeze on the foot stopped him. 

" You know, Mr. Sutton," continued Belinda 
glibly, " uncle noticed everything ; and I re- 
member his remarking how curious it was of a 
waiter to dust his boots with his napkin." 

Belinda being truthful, it is clear Captain 
Goodchild must have made this remark on 
some other occasion, though certainly not in 
this connection. 

" Then we must be in a waiter," said Sutton 
ruefully. " But stop ; a waiter does not put 
his napkin into his coat-pocket. When I was 
whirled aloft I found myself deposited in a 
dark hot place, which I took to be his coat- 
pocket." 

Belindas resources were nearly exhausted, 
but she made one more eflfort. ** Oh," she 



AN ARRIVAL. 181 



said carelessly, " you know foreign waiters 
will do anything, especially that one like a 
Chinaman. What was he, Pill?'* 

" Oh, you mean the Tartar waiter, Bozy — 
Go on, old chap." 

"Well," continued Mr. Sutton, whose eyes 
had been dilating behind his spectacles at the 
thought of having " caught a Tartar," *' I 
struggled to get free, and gradually climbed 
up the napkin — though it seemed to me like a 
handkerchief, and certainly smelt of lavender." 

Luke and Belinda exchanged quiet glances, 
it being the niece's daily task to perfume her 
uncle*s pocket-handkerchief. 

" And what then, Mr. Sutton ? " 

" I climbed carefully off the handkerchief, 
avoiding the frightful precipices around me, 
and sat down to rest in the corner of the 
pocket, just at the top. I could see I was an 
awful height up. Fortunately I was holding 
on tightly, for the man moved, and I saw some- 



182 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB. 

thing carried up and above me. I looked up 
after it, and found that I was near the top of his 
coat, in his breast-pocket, the shoulder being 
about 600 yards above my head, while on the 
face (which was as far again) were a pair of 
what I took to be gold eyeglasses." 

" Go on," said Luke and Belinda breath- 
lessly. 

** I was just making this out when I saw 
something tumble. At that distance I can- 
njot be sure, but I strongly suspect now it was 
yourselves, unless the world is full of pigmies." 

" I must request you not to call me names, 
Mr. Sutton. But you are quite right; they 
were eyeglasses, and we fell oft' them." 

^*Yes, and fell into what I suppose was 
his moustache." 

** Now, tell me, Luke, do waiters wear gold 
eyeglasses and moustaches ? " 

*' Certainly not," said Luke, in spite of the 
pressure on his toes. 



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AN ARRIVAL. 183 



" This must be Captain Goodchild, then, 
said Sutton triumphantly. ** I feel inwardly 
relieved. But you knew it was, Miss Courte- 
ney. 

Belinda burst out laughing. 

*' Forgive me, Mr. Sutton; but your look 
of disgust was too delicious when you thought 
of the Tartar waiter I But finish your story." 

*'0h, I feel a different man, Miss Courte- 
ney, I assure you, now I know where I am. 
1 have a great regard for the Captain, and am 
delighted to join your exploring party. For 
a couple of days I dodged about, living on a 
lot of biscuits I had with me. I had one or 
two bad falls to the bottom of the pocket; 
but, it being soft, I did not even break my 
glasses. This morning I was in my usual 
seat at the corner of the pocket, finishing my 
last biscuit, when I thought I would take a 
tour on a flat stretch of handkerchief close by, 
and I had hardly stepped out, and had only 



184 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 

just time to hold on tight, when I was 
whisked up again, and found myself left 
standing on a slanting red ridge, behind which 
was a row of white ivory columns. I believe 
he had been eating, and I suppose, in wiping 
his mouth had whisked me out, and left me 
on his lip. Anyhow, I walked along the 
bases of the pillars, and, as good luck 
would have it, found a small crevice through 
which I crept inside the mouth. The tip 
of what I suppose was his tongue was just in 
front of me, and I stepped on it, and walked 
the whole length of the cavern, wondering 
wherever I should find a safe hiding-place. 
I thought, Luke, that just beside the pharynx, 
behind one of the fleshy pillars, seemed a good 
corner, and was going there, when I saw his 
epiglottis in front, and fancied I saw a light 
coming up the shaft. So I slid down to the 
edge of the wall where it was low, and looked 
over, when, lo and behold. Miss Courteney ! 




AN ARRIVAL. 185 



I got really as great a shock as you did, but 
it was a shock of joy, for I had finished my 
last crust, and things were beginning to look 
very black indeed. You look jolly enough, 
however, in spite of your fright." 

*' Well, old fellow, we've been living well, 
and enjoying ourselves. At least, Belinda has. 
Tm nearly hoarse lecturing to her." 

*' I don't know about being nearly a ' horse,' 
Pill; but it's certain you're quite a donkey. 
Look at the contents of his panniers, Mr. 
Sutton," she added, anxious to take a little 
off the edge of her rude remark, and pointing 
to the floor covered with parcels and general 
litter. 

**rm neither a donkey nor a horse," said 
Luke ; " but one of the best-tempered and good- 
natured brothers that a pert schoolgirl was ever 
blessed with. But now for dinner." 

•*Ha !" said Sutton, "the H.F.D., I suppose. 
How I wished for one of those this morning ! " 



186 TRAVELS IN TEE INTEBIOB. 

" You hear that, Belinda," said Luke, open- 
ing the box. 

The meal over, Sutton listened while the 
other two fought their battles over again, care- 
fully detailing all the adventures and sights 
they had seen. 

"What is the next step?" said Sutton, 
after hearing all with deep interest. 

" First we'll go up, then we'll go down," 
said Luke, in a frivolous manner. 

" He means into the stomach, Mr. Sutton ; 
only he does not like to say so, and calls it 
*gastar' or something, instead. Do you think it 
is really safe ? Besides, how are we to breathe ?" 

" Don't ask me. Miss Courteney. Your 
brother is a man of wonderful resources, and 
you may be sure he will carry out all he under- 
takes." 

"That I will, old chap. Just be guided 
by me, and you'll be all right." 

"What's your route?" 



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AN ASBIVAL. 



" Well just chalk it out," said Luke, picking 
up a piece of paper and pencil, and using the 
tin water-bottle as a desk. " You see, here's 




his mouth, and here we are, and here's his 
gasteer. I thought we might enter by the 
cardiac orifice, traverse the greater curvature 
to the pylorus here, thence past the crypts of 
Lieberkiihn, and the Ductus choledochus, to 



188 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

one of the villi duodenalis here. At this point 
I propose we should leave the digestive, and 
enter the absorbent system. Our course would, 

therefore, be along the lacteals to the JRecep- 
taculum chyli here, and thence by the left 
thoracic duct to the left clavicle up here. 
Comprenez ? " 

" And then " 

" Then our tour will be finished." 

" Very good," said Sutton. " I think, Miss 
Courteney, that, with certain appliances I 
know that Luke has, you will on the whole 
enjoy yourselves very much. You will be pro- 
tected from most inconveniences, and for any 
you may have to encounter you will be more 
than repaid by the wonders you will see. 
You will want the automatic respirators, Luke." 

'* Here they are, old chap," said Luke, 
producing three, gather more bulky than those 
ordinarily worn, and covering both nose and 
mouth. 



AN ARRIVAL. 181> 



"Now, Belinda, let me teach you how to 
use this, which is the real eighth wonder of 
the world, enabling us to go anywhere, do 
anything, without breathing one breath of 
fresh air. I need hardly tell you that once 
we leave the throat all air is left behind, and 
we must rely on our own resources. This 
closely-fitting respirator has two openings ; one, 
you see, for the nose and the other for the 
mouth. In using it the grand principle is 
always to inspire by the former and expire 
by the latter. If you do this you can go 
on breathing for days without any other air." 

" But how, Pill ? " 

"You know the expired air is impure, 
being deficient in oxygen, and having an 
excess of carbonic acid. When you breathe 
this out through that grating it enters a 
chamber full of a new chemical purilying 
ozoniser that absorbs the carbonic acid and 
charges the air with oxygen. This, then, being 



190 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

inhaled by the nostrils is in every respect equal 
to fresh air, except that it is rather warmer. 
If, however, you inspire by the mouth you 
will simply . inhale the impure air again.'* ^ 

"How long will that last, Pill?" 

**Well, I should think a week at least, 
Bozy; and we are more than half-way through 
the week already." 

"But how are we going to keep the damp 
out, Luke ? " said Sutton. 

"Well, old chap, Belinda will tell you 
that. But we'll set to work at once." Luke 
then picked up three powder boxes and gave 
one to Belinda and another to Sutton. ''Now 
before we begin, is there anything you are 
likely to want for the next few days ? " 

" I've nothing at all ; my biscuits are gone ! 
Oh, yes, I have, there is this parcel," said 
Sutton, pulling it out of his pocket. "What 



* We cannot hear of these respirators at any of the lead- 
ing makoi-s'. — Ed. 




AN ARRIVAL. 191 



in the world is it? Oh, I know, it's that 
spare electric light you told me to get in 
case yours broke. I think rU' wear this at 
once, or I shall not be able to get it when 
Tm 'sealed' up." So saying, he unpacked it 
and laid it on the ground. 

"I've nothing at all," said Belinda, not 
quite truthfully. 

"Well, are you both ready? I shall put 
my few stores in this small waterproof bag, 
which has a water-tight cap, and coil my 
wire rope round my neck. The rest I shall 
leave behind as a legacy. By-the-bye, I forgot 
those parcels. I must fetch them down and 
carry them on my back." 

"No, you won't, Luke; I'll carry one or 
both," said Sutton. 

"All right, old chap," said Luke, putting 
on his coat and carefully packing all the 
valuables away in the bag he had mentioned. 
" Now for it, powder yourselves thickly over." 



192 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

In a few minutes all three were as white 
as millers. Luke then sprinkled the other two 
over with a fine spray, and the powder dis- 
appeared and they were soon sheathed in gutta- 
percha. 

'' Now for your heads. Put on your 
respirators and take oflF your hats. Put your 
hair up tight, Belinda, and shut your eyes." 

This done, Luke powdered every part of 
the head, face, and respirator over, and then 
moistened it. They stood completely encased 
in a transparent skin of waterproof. 

*'Can you breathe, Bozy?" 

*' Oh, beautifully ! and see and hear, too. 
But I do feel so funny." 

" Oh, that will wear off after a bit." 

"No doubt," said Sutton, fastening the 
light to his forehead, "Now finish ofi" our 
feet and hands." 

Luke, with several layers of powder, pow- 
dered a thick sole on the boots continuous 



AN ARRIVAL. 193 



with the gutta-percha sheathing, etc., then 
sprinkled the hands. After about an hour's 
hard work, every part was completely air and 
water-proof, all the joints being carefully 
cemented with chloroform. 

Belinda's dress gave the greatest trouble ; 
but by carrying the gutta-percha round the 
edge of the skirt, tightly round each ankle 
and down over the boot, the difficulty was 
overcome, and the substance being extremely 
tough and elastic, allowed the movement of the 
feet with freedom. 

"Luke, I said you were a donkey," said 
Belinda, in a somewhat muffled voice. 

''And is that all the thanks I get?" 

" Well, Pill, dear, here we are, hermetically 
sealed up. No doubt we can see, and hear, and 
breathe ; but how are we to eat ? You ought to 
have put a supply of pills in the respirators." 

" I forgot to explain that, Bozy. It s my 
fault. Of course, the respirator never comes 



194 



TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR, 



off; but just at the back, here, is a small cap 
which unscrews — I don't know what it was 
meant for — and through it you can take both 
food and fluid. Now clothe me, please." 

Belinda and Sutton then set to work, and 
at length all three were ready to start. The 
electric lamp was placed on Luke's forehead, 
a coil of rope round his neck, and his small 
bag in his hand. 

Sutton carried his lamp and Luke's stick, 
and Belinda carried herself with as much 
urace as her new dress would allow. 



CHAPTER XII. 

DOWN THE RED LANE. 

They ascend into the Throat, and while Luke goes for the 
gold packages, Sutton and Belinda are suddenly 
swallowed down head first — Luke jumps after them, 
and after some time arrives at the Stomach before 
them — They follow — Scene described. 



'* It's getting late," said Luke, unhooking his 

lamp again, and putting his bag down. " I 

think after all we'll sleep here to-night, and 

make an early start, then we shall feel fresher, 

especially as we have no beds engaged at the 

next hotel. There's another cave opposite, 

where you'll have more room, old chap, but 

you can't cross over without being certainly 

blown up. Those vocal cords won't stand even 

o 2 



196 TRAVELS IN TEE INTERIOR. 



a feather's weight. You might swing yourself 
over by the rope, but it would be hazardous. 
You have no idea what one of his coughs are like 
till you hear it. I got terribly shaken myself." 

"TU keep guard across the entrance here, 
Luke. You and Miss Courteney may feel 
quite safe." 

The three then sat down and spent a very 
merry and pleasant evening. Sutton was an 
immense acquisition, and he and Luke kept 
on telling each other the most absurd hospital 
stories that kept Belinda in roars of laughter. 
When these were exhausted they discussed the 
wonders around them, and had one or two 
wordy discussions on the structure and move- 
ments of the vocal cords, and other abstruse 
objects, from which Belinda picked up two or 
three very interesting facts. For instance, 
she learned that the front ends of the cords 
were immovably fixed, all the motion and 
stretching taking place at the other end, 




DOWN TEE BED LANE. 197 

where each was attached to the top of a 
triangular cartilage that could be turned and 
tilted about by muscles. She also learned that 
the front of the air-shaft where the cords 
were fixed was hollowed out like a vault cor- 
responding to what is known as the Adam's 
apple outside in the front of the neck, which, 
by the way, Sutton declared ought to be called 
Eves apple, for two reasons. First of all, 
she ate it, and, secondly, her daughters when 
they faint generally feel " a ball " in the throat 
at this very spot. She also learned one or two 
interesting facts about sound. Not only that 
they were air waves, but that they waved from 
sixteen waves a second, each wave being 64 feet 
long, to 58,000 in a second, each one-third 
of an inch long ; that octaves always consisted 
of waves twice as rapid and half as long as 
the fundamental note. Just as she was drop- 
ping off to sleep she heard of a man who had 
his whole larynx taken out and an artificial 



198 TRAVELS IN THE TNTERIOF. 



one with a vibrating metal tongue, instead of two 
vocal cords, substituted ; and though he could 
articulate beautifully, he always spoke on the 
same note, as if he were intoning. Then followed 
an awful story about a man who lost his tongue, 
in the midst of which Belinda finally suc- 
cumbed, and fell into the arms of Morpheus. 

Next morning the three rose early, having 
breathed instinctively in the orthodox manner 
during sleep. 

Luke removed the brass caps, and fed each 
in turn, having great trouble with Belinda, 
who would keep laughing so immoderately each 
time he tried to put the pill in her mouth, 
that one was lost in her dress. 

When the meal was over, Sutton ascended 
the rope, followed by Luke. 

Belinda, cai'efully instructed, passed a noose 
under her arms, and was drawn up in double 
quick time by the united efforts of the sur- 
geons above. 



DOWN THE BED LANE. 199 



" I am glad to be up here again ; it looks 
quite like home," said Belinda. *' There's our 
dear little cave up the side there." 

*'Yes," said Luke; **you stay here with 
Sutton. YouVe nothing to fear now, for 
nothing can hurt you in any way. Those 
automatic respirators are the keys to our 
whole tour ; we dare not leave here without 
them. As it is we can go anywhere." 

" And everywhere," said Sutton. " Tm 
game for anything." 

**Well, dont tumble down the larynx 
again," said Luke ; " for we've seen that." 

Leaving his sister and Sutton, who had 

gone more towards the centre, where the wall 
of the epiglottis rose far above their heads, 
removing all fear of tumbling over, Luke 
walked to the side, climbed up the wall of 
the pharynx with his hook, and soon reached 
the parcels, and then let them down on to 
the back of the tongue. He hardly antici- 



200 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

pated the result. Whether the part they fell 
on was peculiarly sensitive, so that the shock 




could be felt, slight though it could have 
been ; or whether it was a mere coincidence : 



DOWN THE BED LANE. 



201 



Luke was about climbing down, when he saw 
one of the walls move towards the middle 
line ; the tongue arch upwards, closing the 
mouth ; the soft palate rise, closing the posterior 
nares ; and the epiglottis shut down like a 
trap-door, and Belinda and Sutton glide over 
the edge, with both the unlucky packages, 
down the yawning abyss behind. 

" What a blessing they are prepared for 
this ! " said Luke. ** If I did not know where 



they had gone to it would be awful ; and as it 
is, it's bad enough. But they cannot be hurt, 
that s one thing. The diflaculty will be to tind 
them again down there. But they've gone down 
head first ! " 

This last thought was the worst. Luke 
scrambled down from his perch, ran across the 
tongue, slid over the still closed epiglottis, and 
shot like an arrow, but with his feet first, into 
the mouth of the gulf behind. He did not fall 
iar, however, for he soon found himself, small. 



202 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

though he was, firmly grasped by the two red 
walls (here perfectly smooth, and no longer 
covered with the " live velvet" of the pharynx), 
and being quickly and steadily passed down- 
wards. 

** I suppose," he said to himself, " this is the 
peristaltic action of the oesophagus. I've often 
read about it, but it's rather curious to feel it. 
rU explain it all to Belinda when I get down." 

Proceeding downwards about half - a - mile 
Luke suddenly felt his feet become free, and a 
moment afterwards found himself sliding down 
the sloping side of a vast cavern with great 
rapidity. This side being honeycombed with 
small holes, Luke jolted over them a great deal 
more than was pleasant, and was very glad 
w^hen he found himself seated on the floor at 
the bottom with no bones broken. Stiff" and a 
little sore, but uninjured, and his tough covering 
all untorn, he looked around the vast cavern 
with his opera-glass, anxiously seeking for any 



DOWN THE RED LANE. 203 



traces of the lost pair ; but no light could be 
seen anywhere, and Luke began to get seriously 
alarmed. 

"Sut-to/2, Be-lin-d!aA," he shouted, still too 
tired to rise. 

But no reply came. 

"^i^^-Tox," he began again still louder. 

*' Be-LiSD OH ! who s that ? " said poor 

Luke, as he suddenly found himself knocked 
forward by a violent blow from behind, and sent 
sprawling on his face on the floor and his glasses 
flying out of his hand. Before he had time to 
recover himself he felt another heavy body come 
bumping over him, and recognised his sisters 
voice. 

" Oh, Pill, dear, I beg your pardon ; have I 
killed you?" 

'*No," said Luke, rolling her off, " Tm only 
startled. Why did you not say you were 
coming, and where on earth have you both 
been ? " 



204 TRAVELS I^T THE INTERIOR. 



** Beg pardon, Tm sure. Mr. Luke Courteney, 
I believe," said Sutton, getting up. "The fact 
is, we hadn^t a notion yoit were here. We've 
just come down in the tram, or the oesophagus 
I think you call it. Pill." 

*' And that last slide was really delicious, if 
it was not for these horrid pits,** said Belinda, 
also getting up and shaking herself. *' I am 
very sorry we fell over you, but you were right 
in our way, and we couldn't stop at all, at all. 
Besides, we thought you were up in the pharynx 
all the time. How did you get down so 
quickly ? " 

*' That's what I want to know%" said Luke, 
scratching the gutta-percha over his hair. " I 
don't understand it at all. He cannot have two 
gullets, surely ; it's too ridiculous." 

*' I think I can explain, Luke. When Miss 
Courteney and myself were shot down head first, 
I became seriously alarmed that in the long 
journey down we should both suffer from conges- 



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DOWN THE RED LANE. 205 

tion of the brain. So working myself and your 
sister gradually to the side of the tube, and 
explaining matters to her, we managed, by 
vigorous efforts, to right ourselves, during which 
I think I a little delayed our progress by digging 
my stick into one of the small pits at the side, 
and so I suppose you must have passed us." 

" Well, after all, old chap,'' said Luke, 
" when I come to consider that tube is about 
fifty yards wide, I can quite understand how 
I might have done so without seeing or hearing 

you." 

*'Now we're all here safe and sound," said 
Belinda, in high glee, "I declare it's better 
than going down a coal-mine. We kept being 
squeezed gently downwards all the time till we 
got to the top of this slope, and then didn't we 
just fly? Mr. Sutton tried to use your stick as 
an alpenstock, but the ground was too rough." 

" What started the commotion, Luke ? You 
must know." said Sutton. 



206 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



*' Well, Tm afraid it's my fault, so I mustn't 
grumble too much at being knocked over in 
consequence." 

" You, Pill ? " 

" Yes, Bozy ; I carelessly dropped those 
packages instead of lowering them ; and, though 
still it is hard to believe it, it must have started 
this swallowing performance." 

** Now, Mr. Sutton," said Belinda, turning 
round with a tragic air, and with one hand, 
sheathed in gutta-percha, outstretched towards 
Luke, ''you see that man, an M.R.C.S., and 
I don't know what besides, and yet the miserable 
victim and slave of avarice. He drags up and 
down his own uncle's mouth two packages con- 
taining bits of gold-stopping that, in cold blood, 
he has hacked out of that uncle's tooth. He 
shouts in the rudest way into his uncle's private 
ear — not his public one — and nearly causes his 
sister to find an early grave in that uncle's 
windpipe. Not content with this, he has now 




DOWy THE RED LANE. 207 

nearly destroyed two valuable lives for the vile 
dross. I scorn such actions, Mr. Sutton," she 
continued, waving her hand at Luke, " as I 
am sure you do, too." 

"That^s very grand,'' said Luke; ''but 
you nearly frightened ?ne out of what senses 
I have left. By-the-bye, that squeezing business 
is very interesting, Bozy, because now you 
see how men can drink standing on their heads, 
or horses " 

** Or donkeys," said Belinda. 

** Or donkeys," continued Luke, " can drink 
with their heads down in a trough. The water 
or food does not drop down our throats, but 
is swallowed down, by which is meant it is 
squeezed forward by the successive contractions 
of the gullet from above downwards, which 
is so perfect in its action that a single drop of 
water can be forced along even when the stomach 
is higher than the mouth, and it has to go up- 
hill, as it were, all the way." 



208 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR, 



" I suppose all three of us are not larger 
than a drop of water," said Sutton. "When 
I think what we once were and what we now 
are, I am filled with shame and amazement." 

"Why?" said Belinda. 

" With shame, Miss Courteney, because I was 
the cause of all our misfortunes by my foolish 
remarks ; with amazement that so much beauty " 
(bowing to Belinda) " and so much learning can 
be stowed away in such a little compass. I shall 
find a new meaning now in those beautiful lines : 

" Little drops of water, 
Little grains of sand." 

"Do stop talking such nonsense, Mole," 
said Luke; "don't you see how Belinda is 
blushing ? " 

" T will, I will," said Sutton ; " let us pursue 
our anatomico-physiological studies." 

" Two of a trade don't agree, old chap ; so, 
if you don't mind just telling Belinda a thing 
or two about the stomach, I'll take a turn 




DOWN THE BED LANE, 209 

round and see if I can discover those two 
unlucky packages, and also find safe quarters 
for to-night — not a very easy thing down 
here." 

*^I shall be only too happy to tell Miss 
Courteney all that will interest her on this 
subject, Luke, but would much rather listen 
to a discourse from you/' 

'* No, you tell me, Mr. Sutton. Fve had 
so many lectures from Pill. Not but what 
he's done it very well, though, and I really 
do know a great deal now." 

'* I am quite sure. Miss Courteney, that if ever 
we are fortunate enouorh to set foot again on our 
native shores, and, what is still more important, 
regain our natural size, you will be perfectly 
able to pass any board of examiners." 

"Not until I have heard your lecture, at 
any rate. I am most impatient for you to 
begin," said Belinda, seating herself at the 
foot of the slope. " Sit down, Mr. Sutton ; 



210 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



do not stand upon ceremony — I mean on that 
slippery floor." 

"I shall be glad to do so, Miss Courteney, 
and I exceedingly regret I cannot ofier you 
a chair. We are exceedingly fortunate in 
timing our visit here, for there is no business 
going on at present ; if there were, we should 
not sit here many minutes." 

"First of all, Mr. Sutton, before you begin, 
I want you to tell me what this thump, thump 
is, that has kept going on ever since I have 
sat here. I can feel it and hear it distinctly. 
It sounds like that great steam-hammer at 
Woolwich, when you were about a mile ofi*." 

** That is the seat of your uncle's affections, 
his heart. It lies just behind this end of the 
stomach." 

" Oh, I wish I could see it. I long to see 
how it works. This stomach is so still and 
quiet, that I feel rather disappointed ; I thought 
it kept all going round like a big churn.*' 



DOWN THE BED LANE. 211 

"So it does, Miss Courteney, when there 
is anything to churn ; but even chums rest 
sometimes. Just look at Luke now. Is not 
the eflFect of that electric light weird in this 
huge cavern? You see even now we cannot 
nearly see to the end of it." 

''How large is it, Mr. Sutton?" 

"Well, I should say in our scale of 
reckoning, it is about half-a-mile long, by 
a quarter broad, and perhaps 300 yards to 
the roof. That is at the rate of a hundred of 
our yards to one of Captain Goodchild's 
inches." 

"Mr. Sutton!" 

"What?" 

" Tm afraid you don't know your lesson 1 " 

" Why ? " 

"Because you are such a long time begin- 



ning." 



" Well, I will begin at once, without further 
preface." 



F 2 



CHAPTER XIII. 



POETRY IN PROSK 



Complete description of the Stomach, its anatomy and curious 
construction ; of digestion, its full process — Luke, 
Sutton, and Belinda pass tlie night in three small caves 
near exit of Stomach sheatlied and covered with gutta- 
percha — Process of digestion witnessed. 

"You notice a difference, Miss Courteney, 
between this surface and any you have yet seen." 

"Yes." 

"It's not like the mouth?" 

" Not very : there is no tongue, and there 
are no teeth." 

"Very good, very good indeed, Miss 
Courteney. Next time you see any one 
bolting their food, just tell them that you've 



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POETRY IN PB08E. 213 

been below, and that the stomach has no teeth, 
so that it's now or never." 

Belinda stared. 

"It is therefore clear that if the hard, 
solid masses of food are not well pounded 
and broken up in the mouth, it puts the 
stomach in a most unfair position, and 
eventually ends in dys-pep-siah ! But now 
look at this surface as compared with the 
mouth. The tongue, for instance, is covered 
with little mounds of diflferent shapes, the 
roof of the mouth with hard ridges, the 
pharynx with waving hairs." 

•^ call it 4ive velvet/" 

"A very good and original name. Miss 
Courteney. Well, perhaps, you were too much 
agitated to observe that in our passage 
down the gullet the surface changed again, 
and became perfectly smooth; here, on the 
contrary, the whole cavern is everywhere 
honeycombed with pits." 



214 TBAVEL8 IN THE INTERIOR 

"Yes, I am most anxious to hear about 
them." 

"Perhaps the best way is to follow the 
course of the food. It first enters the mouth." 

"After it is caught and cooked." 

" Certainly, Miss Courteney/* said Sutton, 
with some surprise, hardly accustomed to 
Belinda's unmannerly interruptions. " It is 
divided and pounded by the teeth, mixed 
with the saliva which digests the starchy 
portions, or rather turns them into sugar ; 
coated with a sort of glycerine as it passes from 
the mouth into the pharynx, and from that 
moment it is beyond the control of the will. 
The whole of its further history takes place 
unconsciously and without an effort ; no force of 
will can henceforth hasten or retard its progress. 
The servants who do all this complicated 
work may be divided into two great classes : 
those under the command of, and answerable 
to the brain for all they do, and those wholly 




POETRY IN PROSE. 215 

independent of it — shall I say dependent on 
a higher authority still ? — having received their 
fixed orders what to do under all circumstances 
at our birth, and acting in strict accordance 
therewith, undisturbed by our changing moods 
of mind and will for the whole span of life. 
In many respects they form an admirable 
contrast to the better known muscles of the 
limbs and surface ; for they never tire, they 
never make any fuss or disturbance, and yet 
they do more work. The little heart, for 
instance, does work equal to lifting its own 
weight considerably higher than Mont Blanc 
eveiy hou7\ and this without five minutes' 
holiday for seventy years ! Their untiring energy 
yet perfect docility, the perfect adaptation 
of means to ends, the extraordinary nature 
of their tasks, and above all, their mysterious 
intelligence, constitute these internal muscles 
the most wonderful body of workmen in the 
world." 



216 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



"That's not exactly like Bifewning, or 
Tapper, or even Tennyson, Mr. Sutton, and 
yet it reminds me of some one I have read. 
It must be Mark Twain." 

"Really, Miss Courteney, your comparisons 
are too flattering. I was, however, going on to 
observe that these two sets of workmen are 
in communication with two separate centres. 
Every part of the mouth and pharynx is con- 
nected by telegraph wires or nerves with the 
seat of government in the brain, and these work- 
men or muscles perform their work in a charac- 
teristically rapid and decided manner. The first 
act of swallowing, for instance, when the food 
passes through the pillars of the pharynx over 
the epiglottis, is rapid (necessarily so, indeed, to 
interfere with breathing as little as possible), 
whereas, once this is past, there being no 
need for haste, the fresh set of workmen who 
have to carry on all the rest of the arduous 
process of providing your uncle with nourish- 




POETBY IN PROSE. 217 

ment, perform their work in a leisurely and 
peculiar manner, never being interfered with 
by that arbitrary and often unwise despot, the 
will" 

*' Without flattery, Mr. Sutton, your lan- 
guage charms me. Pray go on." 

''Well, the first set of workmen are called 
voluntary muscles, the others involuntary muscles^ 

« 

worked, too, by a different set of nerves alto- 
gether, called sympathetic nerves, not directly 
connected with the brain at all, and receiving 
their orders to carry out the most complicated 
processes from a far higher Power. To me it is 
a proof of infinite wisdom that the complicated 
working of our bodies is not committed to our 
own capricious wills, but is carried on for us 
entirely independently of our own wishes. So 
that we cannot help our heart beating, our blood 
circulating, our stomach digesting. I think few 
of us realise how little the control of our own 
bodies is left in our hands. Indeed, were these 



218 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB. 

processes voluntary, we should literally have no 
time for anything else." 

" It would be, ' Oh, don't talk, I'm so busy 
breathing ; ' or, * Oh dear, I'm dying. I was so 
busy digesting, I quite forgot to breathe ; ' or, 
*Dear me, I must have forgotten to make 
enough saliva yesterday, my mouth is terribly 
dry.' What a life we should have of it, Mr. 
Sutton, to keep all the things going at once I It 
would drive rate mad. I never thought of this 
before. But what were you saying about their 
manner of working ? " 

" The peculiar mode of working I alluded to 
is called penstaltiCy or vermicular, and consists 
of the gradual contraction of successive portions 
of a flexible tube in a continuous and * worm-like ' 
manner. It is thus we were literally propelled 
down here once we entered the gullet, and were 
we not so small, this cave would now begin 
heaving, and contracting, and banging us up and 
down, preparatory to digesting us." 




POETRY IN PB08E. 219 

Sutton*3 earnestness and intense interest in 
the subject had by this time so infected Belinda, 
that when he paused for a moment, wonderful to 
say, she made no remark, pert or otherwise. He 
resumed : 

" We will now suppose that the food, partly 
broken up and the starchy parts a little digested, 
and at any rate well mixed with saliva, arrives 
here below ; the next thing is to study the 
working of these curious pits. You see the 
whole surface of the walls, floor, and even 
roof, is irregularly honeycombed with them. 
At this end, you observe, they are just deep 
enough, if I get in them, to come up to my 
waist," said Sutton, suiting the action to the 
word, rising, and jumping down into the nearest 
one. "This is called the cardiac end of the 
stomach, because it is nearest the heart. At the 
further end of the cavern these pits are twice the 
depth, and would take you overhead." 

** How dreadful ! " said Belinda, quite tamed. 



220 TRAVELS IN THE INTEEIOB. 

" This is not all ; at the bottom of the one 
I am now standing in are two small holes not 
quite big enough for my boots, which are the 
tops of two far deeper pits that would take me, 
and you standing on my head. Now all these 
pits are lined with peculiar sorts of living 
creatures, or workmen, or cells, who have a 
special business to carry out." 

'^What is that?" 

" In this upper pit, the moment there is a 
hint of any food arriving, the cells begin to pour 
out a fluid to mix with the food and protect the 
walls of the cavern. At the same time the 
deeper glands are manufacturing and sending 
out of their mouths a liquid of extraordinary 
power they have cleverly made out of the 
blood. It is called gastric juice, and contains 
pepsin and hydrochloric acid. The food, then, 
having arrived at the stomach, the churn begins 
to set to work. The floor alternately rises and 
falls, and mighty waves of contraction squeeze 



POETRY IN FR08E. 221 

its walls so that the food is well mixed with 
these fluids and driven along to the other end. 
There the cavern ends in a round opening called 
the pylorus, which is kept tightly closed by the 
gate-keeper, and the fluid is driven back again. 
So it keeps on, more and more arriving, until 
it has been kept in constant motion for some 
three or four hours. It gets more and more 
acid, until at last the gate-keeper unlocks the 
pylorus, which opening allows all the contents 
of this cavern to escape into the duodenum, 
where the next process of digestion is carried 
on. But here's Luke back again." 

" Hallo, old chap ! are you nearly dried 
up ? You have been piling it on. I never 
saw Belinda half as interested at any of my 
lectures." 

"Mr. Sutton is so deep and so poetical," 
said Belinda enthusiastically, "that I love to 
hear him lecture, and he hasn't nearly done." 

" Well, I only came back to tell you Tve 



222 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

» ^-^^ ^— » 

been to the end, and a pretty rough walk it 
is. Fve also found our two lost packages that 
we had nearly forgotten. 1 think I had better 
take them along with me, and I have a plan 
then for making ourselves safe and snug, 
and giving Belinda a chance of seeing your 
lecture in actual operation. I know uncle never 
goes so very long without eating something, so 
you had better be as quick as you can after me." ^ 

**You will have plenty of warning, for the 
stomach begins to water before the food arrives, 
as well as the mouth ; doesn't it, old chap ? " 

*' Have dinner ready in an hour, Luke." 

** All right, Belinda, 111 make you both com- 
fortable. When I get to the other end 111 shout 
to let you know, for I want you to see the whole 
length of the place, and my light will enable 
you to do so." 

" Well listen, Pill, only don't deafen us ; 
remember the echoes. Now, Mr. Sutton, do 
please go on this minute where you left off." 




POETRY IN PROSE. 223 

" Well, we saw the food safely out of this 
cavern, but I cfid not explain to you what was 
the use of all this churning up with the gastric 
juice. In the first place, you will be surprised 
to hear that we are not yet truly inside your 
uncle's body at all. If you were standing on 
his skin you would not be inside. And this is 
as truly an internal skin as the external one 
you are familiar with. The whole digestive 
tract is only a tube lined throughout, and 
nowhere opening into the cavity of the body 
at all. Now, no food can nourish us until it is 
really inside us. Food, therefore, in this cavern, 
is no more nourishment to your uncle than 
when it was on his plate. It is still outside 
him. The problem is how to get it inside, 
seeing this digestive tube has no opening into 
the body at all." 

*' Go on, Mr. Sutton, I follow every word." 

" The whole process of digestion, therefore, is 

simply so to subdivide and dissolve the food 



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224 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

as to enable it to enter and nourish the body. 
Now, our food is of four distinct classes : 

" 1. Mineral food — or inorganics, such as 
water and salt, etc. 

** 2. Starch food — or carho-hjdrateSy such 
as French rolls, rice puddings, muflBns, ginger- 
breads, peas, and potatoes. 

"3. Fat food — or hydro-carhotis, such as 
eggs, butter, bacon, and pork. 

" 4. Meat (or albuminous) food — or proteids, 
such as mutton, beef, game, cheese, and fish. 

" The first class, if liquid or soluble, do not 
need to travel beyond this stomach to enter 
the body, for just beneath this skin are thou- 
sands of little blood-vessels, and the salts and 
water can soak through their walls and enter 
them directly. If not soluble, they are abso- 
lutely useless ; as a stone, for instance. So 
these are no trouble. 

** The second class are very difierent. Starch 
consists of little grains, each in a hard skin or 




POETRY IN PROSE. 225 

covering which ought to be burst by heat in 
cooking. This skin cannot pass through the 
walls, neither can the starch-grains. The first 
process is to make them soluble. Two manu- 
factories exist for this purpose, one in the 
mouth producing saliva, and the other beyond 
the stomach which we hope to see to-morrow. 
The food is such a short time in the mouth 
that only a little of the starch has time to be 
changed into grape-sugar, and the rest is swal- 
lowed unchanged. That which is changed into 
sugar is absorbed through these stomach walls, 
the rest passes through the pylorus unchanged, 
still outside the body. The skins we will 
speak of agaiu. 

" Now we come to the third class, or fats." 

" I don't care for fat at all," said Belinda. 

"Pill told me there was a boy at his school 

who did, and none of the others would speak 

to him, he was such a horrid boy." 

" I'm afraid. Miss Courteney, just for the 




226 TRAVELS IN TEE INTEBIOB. 

present, we must exclude sentiment. Besides, 
milk and cocoa contain lots of fat; batter 
and bacon and cream are nearly all fat. Fat, 
like starch, is in grains, or rather globules, 
of oil enclosed in separate skins. The mouth 
has no action on fat. The stomach acts only 
on the skins, which it dissolves, leaving the 
fat floating on the surface to be dealt with 
afterwards. 

"We now reach class four: meats, or albu- 
minous foods, so called because they all con- 
tain albumen, a substance of extreme nourish- 
ment like the white of an egg. The coverings 
(or skins) of the starch-cells and fat-globules 
are made of this, and it also forms part of 
many vegetables and of milk. Now, the 
mouth does not act on this save to sub- 
divide the fibres, etc. The stomach is par 
excellence the place for dissolving these pro- 
teids. Under the powerful action of the 
gastric juice the albumen is rapidly dissolved. 



POETRY IN PROSE. 227 

SO are the skins we have spoken of, and are 
ready for being passed inside the body, which 
in this case takes place further on. The 
only way we can practically assist in the 
digestion or solution of these proteids is first 
by softening them by careful cooking, and 
then by dividing them as finely as possible 
with our knives and teeth. Two other points 
occur to me. Before any work is done in 
this great city, or ' Goodchildville,' as the 
Americans would call it, suitable preparation is 
always made. Thus the smell of dinner produces 
fialiva in the mouth, preparing for mastication. 
Food in the mouth produces a flow of gas- 
tric juice in the stomach, and also causes 
the walls and roof and floor to blush a deep 
rosy red with the increased flow of blood 
ready to absorb what is dissolved. Food in 
the stomach causes in like manner activity in 
the regions beyond. 

" Now, we must not check this by calling oflf 

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228 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

the blood to the head by study at or after meals^ 
or to the limbs by long and fatiguing exercise 
just at meal-times. The other point is that 
all these processes require a warm temperature. 
Hence man, with that wisdom that, together 
with his short ears, shows he is not an ass, 
just when digestion is in full swing swallowa 
an ice, and immediately stops the whole pro- 
cess until this vast cavern has time to be 
raised ao^ain to the ri«:ht heat.'' 

" It s getting very damp, Mr. Sutton," said 
Bfelinda, looking round. 

" It is indeed quite time we started, Miss 
Courteney. I think something is going to- 
happen soon, and we must have at least half- 
a-mile to go." 

They both rose, rather stiflF with their long 

session, and giving Belinda his hand, Sutton 

• led the way. It was not too soon ; the place 

was getting very damp, and before they had 

gone two hundred yards, small drops began to 



POETRY IN FROSB. 



fall from the far-off loof, while the pits were 
already half full of water. Had it not been 




for their beautifully made waterproof coverings, 
they would have got soaked, for even um- 
brellas and goloshes would not have kept 



230 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOE. 

them dry. The floor was not only honey- 
combed with pits everywhere, but rose and 
feU in ridges and hollows, in a way that 
made walking anything but pleasant. How-^ 
ever, being young and strong, after about a 
quarter of an hour's hard walking, they founds 
by the rapid rising of the ground, they had 
reached the end of the cavern. 

*' Now where is Pill ? " said Belinda. " We 
surely ought to be near him." 

"There is his light," said Sutton, pointing 
to a brilliant star far up the side above 
them. 

**I say, Luke," shouted Belinda, "how lare 
we to get up there ? Be quick ; we're nearly ' 
drowned down here!" 

Indeed, the light from Sutton's lamp now 
shone on the smooth surface of a lake where 
the floor of the cavern had been, broken here 
and there by the ridges that still rose above 
the surface. Being on rising ground, the two 



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POETRY IN PB08E. 231 

were still dry. Luke looked down from above 
where he had climbed in some inconceivable 
way, and let down his famous coil of wire 
rope. 

"The side is so very steep, that I almost 
think you had better allow us to draw you 
up, Miss Courteney." 

**You will be as quick as you can, won't 
you, Mr. Sutton? Tve no fancy for being 
digested, I can assure you." 

*' I won't be a moment, Miss Courteney," 
said Sutton, as holding the rope he climbed 
up the steep side, fixing his feet in the honey- 
combed walls. About halfway up, he passed 
by the side of a huge circular aperture, the 
pylorus, or gate of exit — now tightly closed — 
and soon reached Luke, who was standing in 
one of the larger holes, leaning over the edge 
and calmly surveying Sutton's efforts. 

**Here you are, old chap," he said, as 
the latter got near; "step in, and we'll soon 



232 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

have her up." Sutton got in the hole, and the 
rope was again let down, and Belinda was 
hauled up in the usual manner. 

"Well, Pill," she said, as soon as she 
recovered breath, "are these our quarters?" 

" Yes, Bozy, and IVe worked hard to make 
them pretty snug. It's lucky I happened to 
find them, otherwise we should each have had 
to occupy a separate cell for the night, and 
we would have been very lonely. Now we'll 
be very jolly, and I'm not much mistaken if 
the grand performance is just about to begin, 
and from our seats in the gallery we'll have 
a splendid view." 

" What dear, ducky little nests ! I feel just 
like a sand-marten. Pill." 

The place was certainly most ingeniously 
contrived by Luke for a night's lodging. It 
is said in other words that invention is the 
daughter of necessity, and it certainly was 
so in this case. After prolonged search, Luke 



POJSTBY IN PBOSS. 233 

had found three pits close together, and form- 
ing at the surface but one large irregular 
orifice. Each of these pits, which were about 
six feet deep by two feet wide; had the usual 
orifices at the bottom communicating with the 
deeper tubes below containing the gastric juice. 
These orifices Luke had carefully sealed with 
gutta-percha, with which material he had also 
carefully lined the whole of the interior of 
the three pits. A complete covering also 
closed their common mouth, save where it 
had been folded up at the lower side to 
admit the lecturer and his pupil. When 
they had entered, Luke triumphantly turned 
the gutta-percha down and tightly sealed its 
lower edge so that no drop of water from 
without could get in, while they could see as 
much of their cavern as their powerful lights 
would illuminate ; within, the waterproof sheath* 
ing kept them perfectly dry from the natural 
moisture of the walls. 



234 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

" This is really charming ; I was wondering 
wherever we should get to, to-night." 

"Well, Luke, I must say I was a little 
dubious too," added Sutton, " but I think 
you've succeeded admirably." 

Each of the three got into his own little 
cave, which, as we have said, was so arranged 
that though their bodies were in separate pits^ 
their heads and shoulders were in the common 
opening. 

They had hardly got settled when the whole 
wall began to heave violently up and down. 

"Oh, Pill, dear, Fm tossing dreadfully. 
Tm sure I shall be sick ; it's like the Bay of 
Biscay." 

"This is nothing, Bozy ; just wait a little." 

" You now see, Miss Courteney," said Sutton, 
improving the occasion, "how our stomachs 
water (or produce the gastric juice) in antici- 
pation of food, just like the mouth. I thought 
we should soon have something going on when 



POETRY IN PB08E. s 235 

I saw how damp it was getting. But we are 
in a splendid position here." 

" Well, we can't knock against each other, 
that's one comfort; we have each our own 
berth. But listen," she said, as a wild, rush- 
ing sound of many waters was heard. 

" Unde has just eaten something," said 
Luke, ''which, having arrived here below, is 
being digested. We shall have a grand tossing 
now for some time." 

Looking out of their large window they saw 
all was changed : the calm lake with its slowly 
rising waters was gone ; the whole place looked 
as if it had gone mad ; the rushing, eddying 
whirlpool of water rose so high as to be only 
just below them. Fragments like shipwrecked 
vessels could be seen whirling by, and all was 
wild tumult and commotion. A great wave 
would come with a mighty rush, as if deter- 
mined to pass the guarded gate below them, 
and, foiled in its purpose, would swiftly divide. 



236 TRAVELS IN THE INTRBIOB. 



sending two rushing, swirling currents back 
along each side, and burying our trio yards 
deep under water. In addition to all this the 
whole end of the stomach was moving up and 
down, and twisting backwards and forwards iii 
an extraordinary manner. Belinda was pro- 
foundly impressed with the scene, and especially 
after Sutton's able lecture. 

"And all this,'' she said at length, "is 
going on without uncle's will at all. I suppose 
he knows nothing about it." 

" None of us do, Miss Courteney. Now you 
jsee how completely every particle of food is 
exposed to the action of the gastric juice." 

" It is a magnificent sight, and I should 
enjoy it more were I not so sick," said Belinda, 
as she was banged about from side to side in 
her berth. 

"Take this," said Luke, handing her a 
-cube of Cockle-cum-Eno, "you'll be all right." 

"I believe you're a quack, Luke, and not 



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POETRY IN PROSE, 237 

an M.R.C.S. at all; youVe only one medicine 
for everything." 

" Not so, Bozy, Fve another for hunger ; 
take this now and be thankful," and he handed 
her half an H.F.D., and in spite of their tossing, 
and banging, and shaking, which went on 
incessantly, they all had a good meal. 

By this time their window was completely 
under water, and they had the satisfaction of 
finding that not a drop leaked in. It being too 
dark outside to see much, and the wild heaving 
and tumult seeming only to increase, they all 
agreed to give up any attempt at talking, their 
voices being completely drowned, and Belinda 
slowly 

Sank to sleep, 
Kocked in the cradle of the deep ; 

and then Luke and Sutton, after having made a 
vain eflFort to pierce with the electric light 
through the troubled waters, did the same. And 
thus closed the fifth day of this eventful week. 



CHAPTER XIV. 



A SILVER MINE. 



Luke passes out of the Stomach, while Sutton gives full 
description of various foods, their uses and digestibility, 
etc. etc. — Luke returns, having found a silver mine — 
They all pass into the • Duodenum, and survey its 
wonders — Sutton goes on and finds the silver. 

Through the greater part of this little night — 
forming but an undetermined fraction of one 
of ours — Belinda was troubled with various 
dreams. At first she was staying with some 
friends at Southend, and, in spite of all re- 
monstrances, was being swung higher and higher 
in a swing in their garden. Then the scene 
changed, and she was in the little cabin in 




A SILVER MINE. 239 

her uncle's ship, rolling backwards and forwards 
in a heavy storm. At last she sank into more 
peaceful slumbers, and when morning came, or, 
more correctly, when she was sufficiently rested, 
«he awoke and sat up ; the immediate cause of 
her awakening was not exactly the sun shining 
in at her window, but Luke's electric light 
turned full on her closed eyes. 

Belinda found the surgeons both up and 
dressed, and, indeed, down for breakfast, which 
was already laid; the laying consisting of the 
presence of the well-known pill-box and tin 
flask on a ledge at Luke's elbow. 

Belinda stretched herself and stood erect, 
and with that one act her toilet was complete. 
Entirely encased in waterproof, she was as clean 
as a new pin. Her dress, which had been a little 
soiled in her tumble down the larynx, had been 
carefully dried. Her hair was in perfect order, 
and altogether you would think, when her head 
appeared in the opening common to the three 



240 TRAVELS IN THE INTEEIOB. 



berths, that she had stepped out of a band- 
box instead of a pyloric gland. 

" Don't mind me, Pill ; I see you are busy 
discussing the programme for to-day. All I 
can say is, if it is as interesting as yesterday, I 
shall be extremely pleased." 

** I think we can satisfy her, don't you,, 
old chap?" 

** Well, Miss Courteney will be hard to please 
if we do not ; but I don't quite see your plan, 
Luke. I think you have miscalculated our 
size a little." 

"Not at all. my dear fellow; it is true the 
ultimate lacteal is too minute, but the calibre 
rapidly increases." 

"If your plan is feasible, Luke, there is 
no immediate hurry for a start, and as there 
are still one or two facts I wish to lay before 
Miss Courteney, connected with this wonderful 
organ, I should think that after lunch would 
be soon enough." 



A SILVER MINE. V 241 



'' Just 80, old chap ; and after breakfast I'll 
go on ahead and explore a bit, and then come 
back and show you the best way. It's rather 
rugged walking after we get through the 
pylorus.** 

The three then, reclining in graceful atti- 
tudes in their respective pits, had their pills 
and coflfee duly administered, the brass caps 
being carefully replaced afterwards. The coffee 
was drunk through a funnel to prevent it 
spilling. On the whole, they found their 
peculiar dress more embarrassing at feeding 
times than at any other. 

The meal over, Luke carefully opened the 
lower part of the gutta-percha covering and 
looked out. All was still as a summer s morn- 
ino-. Throwinor their lights up the cavern, the 
floor was dry, as far as could be seen, every- 
where, and the stomach was again quite empty. 

**I think it looks well for a start," said 
Luke, *'aiid I dont suppose he will eat any 

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242 TRAVELS IlV THE INTERIOR, 

more just yet, so Fm off. Now take cate of 
yourselves, and pay attention, Belinda, to all 
Mr. Mole says." 

*' Oh, you rude boy ! You are jealous of 
Mr. Sutton's superior talents, and afraid that 
I shall know more about the stomach than 
you do." 

Luke had climbed over the edge and dis- 
appeared from view. Sutton and Belinda looked 
out and watched him carefully clambering down 
into the darkness ; when he reached the large 
circular aperture of the pylorus he stopped, 
and, entering its shelving sides, was soon lost 
to view. 

" I hope you slept better than I did, Miss 
Courteney. I don't think this sort of life ex- 
actly suits me. In fact, when I started from 
England I did not bargain for such a curious 
termination to our trip." 

*' I had some bad dreams, Mr. Courteney ; 
but Tm sorry that you are not enjoying your- 



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A SILVER MINE. 243 

self. I never felt better in my life, and Tm 
quite sure I never enjoyed myself half so much 
— but that is all owing to your kindness, 
and to Pill's. I'm afraid you're not very 
well." 

" T think when Luke returns Til ask him 
for another 'Cockle,' and that'll soon put me 
all right, Miss Courteney. I am, however, quite 
well, though being of rather a lazy turn, I 
did not feel inclined for an early start. Sup- 
pose now you lecture to me a bit first, and 
just tell me what you think all that row meant 
in the night." 

" Well, Mr. Sutton, I have no doubt that 
it meant that uncle was digesting what we both 
of us greatly need, and that is, a good dinner. 
I think it's shameful, the way Luke starves us. 
I'm glad this is the sixth day, though how he 
is to get us out to-morrow I haven't an idea. 
Besides, even if we did get out, we couldn't 
get anything nice small enough to eat unless 

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244 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 

we get larger. Do you think we ever shall get 
bigger, Mr. Sutton?" 

" I hope so, I think so ; in fact, I may say 
I believe so," said Sutton. *'In any case, we 
shan't starve. Just imagine the three of us 
tucking into, or rather tucked into, a penny 
bun. Why, all of us could easily get inside 
a currant. But returning to the stomach, I 
dare say you remember what its special work 
is." 

" Rather ! " said Belinda. *' It digests all the 
meat and other ' proteids ' ; it leaves the starch 
alone and doesn't do much with the fat, only 
by tossing and twisting about it manages to 
blend the whole harmoniously together. What 
I should like to know is, how we can best keep 
ourselves in order, and what is the best sort of 
food to eat. Tm perfectly certain these wretched 
pills are not, in spite of what Luke says. In 
fact, I don't believe in his concentrated rub- 
bishes; rd rather have it as it is." 



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A SILVER MINE. 245 

" As to the sorts of food, in the first 
place, Miss Courteney, we are designed for, and 
ought to have, a mixed diet. Auimal food, 
being similar to our own flesh, is most easily 
digested, and satisfies hunger best and longest. 
It has also a very stimulating efiect. Liebig 
tells us of a bear which, when fed on bread, got 
quite gentle, and only became dangerous when 
it got meat again. I shall never forget how I 
was struck, when out for a day with about a 
hundred charity-school children in a field, with 
the mild and sleepy style in which they played. 
They all looked fat and well-fed, but dull and 
wanting in energy. I found their diet was largely 
rice, potatoes, and other starches, and I must say 
they showed it. What we require to keep us up 
to concert pitch every day is half-a-pound of 
meat and a quarter of a pound of fat in some 
shape, two pounds of starch and sugar, and one 
ounce of salts, besides an equal amount of fluid. 
In cold climates we need more fat, in warm more 



246 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOB. 

Starches. There can be do doubt that most of 
us eat too much, and eat a great deal that is 
very indigestible." 

" Give us some instances." 

** Skins and stones or seeds of fruits, husks 
of corn, stalks and fibres of leaves, and many 
partially cooked vegetables, are most indigestible. 
If meat is enveloped in a rich sauce it may pass 
undigested through the stomach, which cannot 
penetrate the fatty covering, and prove most 
indigestible. But I weary you. Miss Courteney, 
with these trivial details." 

" On the contrary, I should like a few more." 

**Well, it is a curious fact that many indi- 
gestible foods, such as salmon, veal, pork, be- 
come much more digestible when finely sliced 
across the grain so as to allow the gastric juice 
readily to reach the interior of each fibre. 
Another is the way in which the same meal 
may be rendered digestible or indigestible by 
the mode of cooking, the time taken in eating 



A SILVER MINE. 247 



it, or the state of mind of the eater. Bad cook- 
ing, bolting, and an overworked brain, ruin 
digestion." 

«' Hallo— 0—0— o!" 

Out popped Belinda's head, followed by 
Buttons, with the light. 

" That's Luke, Mr. Sutton ; he wants us." 

"All right,'* shouted Sutton. 

** Come along," was shouted back. " Help 
Belinda down." 

"All right," shouted Sutton again as the 
shortest answer. " Come along, Miss Courteney, 
Luke is in a hurry. Would you allow me to 
lower you down to the pylorus ? There is a 
steel rope here." 

" Certainly," said Belinda graciously, not 
sorry to have the rather dry lecture finished, 
and putting the rope under her arms, she 
climbed out of her hole and sat on the edge. 

Carefully and gently Sutton lowered her 
down over the edge, and paid out the rope 



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(page 2«). 



foot by foot until a shout of " Stop I " came 
from below. 

Poor Belinda, unseen by Sutton, who could 



A SILVER MmE. 249 

r 

not peer over the edge with such a heavy weight 

to hold, was now just opposite the circular open- 
ing. She could just kick the smooth wall with 
her toes, but could find no foothold. 

Below the pylorus the smooth wall was lost 
in the gloom, the only light being just where 
Belinda was, and evidently coming through the 
nearly closed aperture behind which Luke was. 

" Quick, Luke ! " shouted Belinda, half stifled, 
*' or I shall die. I cannot stand anywhere." 

Fortunately Luke heard the summons, and 
squeezing through, found his sister dangling over 
the edge half-dead for want of breath. 

To hold out his stick, which she had strength 
to grasp, then to seize her hand and shout out 
'* Lower away," was all the work of a moment, 
and Belinda was landed safe and sound on the 
circular rim of the pyloric valve. 

The rope was drawn up, the two packages 

lowered, the grappling hooks sent up by the 

« 

rope, and Sutton soon appeared clambering 



250 TRAVELS IN THE TNTEBIOB. 

down the wall by the hooks, the wire rope 
twisted round his neck. 

•'What's the hurry, Luke?" said Sutton. 
** You just spoilt my lovely discourse with your 
loud • Halloo ! ' " 

" Simply that IVe found a silver onine 
inside here." 

" A what ? " said both together. 

*' A silver mine. At least, what do you call 
that ? '' said Luke, holding up a bright silvery 
nugget. 

**Well, all I can say, Pill, is, that Tm per- 
fectly ashamed of your fearfully avaricious 
spirit. Youre always after gold or silver. 
Here we are dragging these two wretched 
packages about which you've taken from poor 
uncle's tooth, and now you want, I believe, 
to start mining here. Mr. Sutton, I beg of 
you not to encourage him." 

" Well, ^but, Miss Courteuey, it is really a 
most curious thing. I must confess I do not 



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A SILVER MINE. 251 



understand where this silvery mass could have 
come from. We had better have a look at 
the place, at any rate. Go on, Luke, and lead 
the way." 

Luke turned round, and pushing aside the 
yielding walls, followed by the others, in about 
fifty yards reached the top of a rapid descent, 
when he paused. Here the three stood for a 
moment, gazing at a scene well illuminated by 
the two electric lights, that had never before 
been seen by mortal eye. 

Before them stretched away till lost in the 
dim distance, a vast vaulted cavern. They 
could see along it almost a quarter of a mile, 
where it took a sudden bend to the left, and it 
appeared to be some 150 yards high. The floor 
and roof were of the most remarkable and curious 
construction. Instead of being smooth, every 
1 hirty or forty yards huge walls, gradually rising 
from a few feet at each end to thirty yards 
in the centre, stretched, some right across the 



252 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOE. 

floor, others halfway across and up the side, 
others again being like huge partitions from 

the roof, resembling gigiuitic punkahs suspended 
from a ceiling. The floor, sides, and roof 
between these transverse barriers was studded 
with a thick growth of fleshy pillars (like huge 
fingers from six to nine feet high, and about 
a foot in diameter, while countless small pits 
of every shape honeycombed all that was left 
of the floor around them. Tlie light catching 
the summits of the cross walls and the rounded 
tops of these innumerable pillars, made the scene 
weird in the extreme. 

**Wliat is this wonderful tunnel, Pill?" 
" The duodenum, Bozy, the third and last 
place where food is digested, as Sutton will 
no doubt tell you. But come along down to 
the mine." 

" I would much rather stay here, it's lovely. 
We shan*t be able to see over those huge walls 
when we get down, here we can see everything." 



A SILVER MINE, 258 



"Well, just come and look." 

" I tell you I won't, Pill — at least, not at 
present. I consider your love of money is 
positively sinful. Mr. Sutton can go with you, 
and ni sit here till you come back, only lend 
me your telomicric." 

" I won't be a moment, and will leave 
you my lamp. Miss Courteney," said Sutton 
(whose curiosity was fairly awakened at the 
discovery of silver in the duodenum), taking 
off his Trouv^ and handing it to her; and 
away the two went down the slope, and were 
soon lost to view round the first wall. Belinda 
took the lamp, and resting the small battery 
on her lap held it up with one hand, and 
with the telomicric in the other, she gazed 
with great delight at the details of the wonders 
before her. 

She had not very long to wait. Hasty 
steps and rapid breathing made her turn her 
light down the slope, and showed Sutton 



254 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

toiling up with both his hands full. When 
he reached her he threw into her lap a mass of 
small nuggets of bright, glistening, silvery metal. 

" That brother of yours is a witch ! " 

"A wizard, I suppose you mean, Mr, 
Sutton." 

" A wizard, Miss Belinda, for he has found 
a large deposit of this silver just beyond that 
first wall, and is now digging it up with his 
stick. He told me to come back for you 
and the packages ; but I said we should 
probably be an hour before we joined him, 
for I would not have you rise for all the 
silver mines in your uncle without fully under- 
standing what now lies at your feet. I con- 
sider this view the most marvellous and 
beautiful we shall ever have in our tour." 

*•' Except one, Mr. Sutton ; you have not 
seen the organ loft." 

"What a name for a pretty place, Miss 
Courteney ! Where is it ? " 



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255 



"I think Luke calls it the middle ear; it's 
lovely. This is marvellous and strange, but 
that was exquisitely beautiful." 

"I am sure it was," said Sutton, sitting 
down by Belinda. *' Would you like to know 
something about this place ? " 

"Oh, yes, Mr. Sutton, give me a . nice 
interesting lecture, if you please, and don't 
forget to tell me all about those walls and 
pillars." 



CHAPTER XV. 

HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DARK. 

Full description of digestive process in Duodenum, of the 
bile, and pancreatic juice — Sutton and Belinda start off 
to find Luke — See him digf^ing up the silver — Knock 
his light out, and have great fun with him — They 
discover a fish-bone, to which they all fasten themselves ; 
then a white hair, which Luke secures round his 
waist — They then proceed to bore like a living gimlet 
through the floor of the Duodenum to enter the absorbent 
system. 

" These walls, running across the walls, floor, 
and roof, are called the valvulce conniventeSy and 
are supposed to be erected to retard the too 
rapid passage of the partially digested food that 
passes like a mighty cataract through this 
pylorus behind us. Its flow is arrested, or at 
least greatly retarded, by these structures. These 



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BIDE AND SEEK IN THE DARK. 257 

forests of short pillars between them are called 
villi, and if I mistake not, Luke will fully 
explain them to you before night. They are 
for absorbing the digested food. All these 
little pits, again, secrete a simple fluid to 
moisten the whole cavern. Nothing that you 
see so far helps to digests the food." 

''And yet I think, Mr. Sutton, you told 
me that a good deal of food was digested 
after it had passed the stomach." 

'* Indeed I did ; what a memory you have. 
Miss Courteney ! The place where this occurs 
is just before you get to that bend, about 
300 yards from where we are sitting. A 
great pipe opens there, and shortly before 
this gate behind us opens and allows the 
food to enter this part, it pours out two 
distinct fluids conveyed in two separate pipes 
from different parts of your uncle's body, and 
opening at this point into the duodenum by 

a common mouth." 

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258 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

" And the names of these fluids ? " 

"Are the 6i7e, which comes from the liver, 
and the pancreatic juice^ which flows from 
the pancreas, which is only another name 
for the part known as the sweetbread in 
animals." 

*'Tell me, Mr. Sutton, what goes on when 
the food enters this duodenum." 

** Two distinct processes, Miss Courteney — 
digestion and absorption. We will speak of 
the former first. The bile is an alkaline, 
antiseptic, viscid, and emulsifying fluid." 

"Is that all?" 

"Being alkaline it neutralises the acid chyme 
(or partly digested food) from the stomach, 
and thus prepares it for the action of the 
pancreatic juice, which cannot act on acid 
fluids. Being antiseptic, it stops all decom- 
position. Being viscid, it adheres to the 
walls of the duodenum, and being evitilsify- 
ing, it breaks up the fat into small globules 



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BIDE AND SEEK IN THE BATtK. 259 

and helps it to pass across through the walls. 
The pancreatic juice is the most powerful 
digestive fluid in the body, and simply 
digests everything still left undigested by the 
mouth and stomach. It has a special power 
of digesting proteids (meat, etc.), a most remark- 
able power of digesting all starch foods (like 
the saliva), as well as the power of digesting 
fats, or at least of subdividing the little 
globules of oil so minutely that they can be 
absorbed. But Fm afraid Fm tiring you." 

*' I assure you you do not, Mr. Sutton, and 
Fm really greatly obliged to you for making 
everything so clear." 

1*1 think I can make it clearer still. I 
just remember I have an old letter in my 
pocket and a bit of pencil, so I'll just make 
a little tear in my waterproof and get it 
out." 

No sooner said than done, and on the 
back of the old letter Sutton proceeded to 

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TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



draw the rough picture, 
of which this is an elabo- 
rate copy. 

"What is that, Mr. 
Sutton?" said Belinda, 
looking over his shoulder; 
" it looks like the great 
sea serpent." 

"I think I can explain 
it. Miss t'uuitency. The 
three cavities arc the 
mouth, stomach, and duo- 
denum. The digestive 
priucijiles are supposed to 
enter at the top of each, 
while the absori)tiou is suj)- 
posed to take place from 
the bottom. Thus into 
the mouth is poured daily 
one quart of saliva." 

"ilr. Sutton, I don't 




BIDE AND SEEK IN THE DABK. 261 

wish to be rude, but rm afraid you're making 
a three-volume novel out of our three digestive 
cavities." 

"Once for all, Miss Belinda, you may 
implicitly rely on the accuracy of all I tell 
you on this subject. I was saying about a quart 
of saliva daily was poured into the mouth, which 
dissolves the starch of the food. Some small 
amount of soluble salts and liquids may be 
absorbed by the mouth. Into the stomach is 
poured daily about one gallon of gastric juice " 

"Mr. Sutton!" 

"Yes, it's quite true — which dissolves up 
the meat, etc., while on the other hand, the 
stomach can absorb the dissolved sugars, salt, 
etc. Into the duodenum (where we now are) 
is poured daily about a quart of bile and 
half-a-pint of pancreatic juice, which together 
complete the work of digestion. Absorption 
now goes on in good earnest, all solubles pass- 
ing freely through the walls into the blood- 



262 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB. 

vessels, while the fate are taken up by the 
villi in an especial manner." 

''May I keep this sketch, Mr. Sutton?" 

''Certainly, and have it framed, Miss 
Courteney, if you please. Stay, Til write my 
name in the corner." 

"Will you keep it for me, please, as Tve 
no hole in my indiarubber skin?" 

"With pleasure. What do you say now 
to our going down to find Luke ? I must say 
I have rather selfish motives, for lecturing is 
hungry work." 

**So is listening, Mr. Sutton, but it can- 
not be called thirsty work, for your lectures 
are anything but dry." 

" If ever I get out of this, Til certainly 
set up for a Lecturer on Physiology, Miss 
Courteney, and come to you for testimonials. 
Come along now, we*ll go down." 

Belinda struggled to her feet, seized a 
package, gave the lamp back to Sutton, who. 



HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DARK. 263 

fixing it on his forehead, took the other package 
and descended first, giving his hand to Belinda, 
who followed. They soon passed below the 
level of the first of the transverse walls in 
front of them. 

When right at the bottom, they could better 
examine the curious structure of the place. A 
few yards in front of them rose straight up, 
far above their heads, this great wall, which, 
however, rapidly got lower towards the right, 
and at last ceased abruptly, leaving a passage 
round the end of it. On the left it continued 
right up the side of the cavern. The floor 
in front of them was covered with fleshy pillars 
a little higher than themselves, standing up like 
ninepins, while it was also honeycombed with 
small pits, only six inches apart, though two 
or three feet deep. 

"What a glorious place for hide and seek, 
Mr. Sutton ! Let's have a game. These pillars 
are just large enough to hide me." 



264 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

**We are having a game, Miss Courteney. 
Your brother is hiding and we are seeking 
him." 

" Which way did he go, Mr. Sutton ? " 

'* Fm not quite sure, but I know he's some- 
where the other side of this wall." 

Picking their steps carefully along, the pair 
soon reached the end of it, only to see another 
wall in front, here at its highest, but ceasing 
just where the first wall was most lofty, thus 
making the only path along the cavern of a 
most ziorzaof character. 

" Hush ! listen. Miss Courteney. There he is. 
I thought he was not far off. Now for our 
little game. You see his light somewhere 
behind those pillars. Til put mine out, and 
we'll use his to direct us." 

Sutton then extinguished his electric light, 
and holding Belinda s hand, who was in a state 
of the wildest excitement at the prospect of 
a little fun, crept cautiously forward from 



HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DARK, 265 

pillar to pillar, till at last, peering round, they 
saw Luke hard at work digging away at a 
mound of silver with his stick. He had taken 
off his light, and hung it at the top of the 
pillar in front of him to get a better light. 

" What a wretched money-grubber he looks, 
Mr. Sutton, does he not ? How can we punish 
him ? " 

"Are you afraid of being left a moment, 
Miss Courteney ? " 

" Certainly not ; as long as you like, Mr. 
Sutton, if you'll only give 'him a downright 
good fright." 

" Then wait liere, and don't stir till I come 
back." 

Sutton glided from her side. It certainly 
was a splendid place for hiding. The floor 
was noiseless, while the innumerable pillars 
afforded ample cover. Belinda kept her eyes 
fixed on Luke in front of her, to see what 
would happen. Suddenly she saw his light 



266 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



go out as if dragged down from behind, and 
in an instant all was darkness. 

The next thing was a smothered string of 
hasty expressions which she was quite un- 
accustomed to hear from Luke's lips. Then 
the sound of groping about for the fallen lamp, 
then a stumble over some part of the silver 
heap. More hasty expressions, summed up 
with : " Oh, dear ! Oh, dear ! " and a sound as 
if rubbing some bruised spot. 

Belinda executed a sort of war-dance in the 
dark with delight, and the next minute was 
joined noiselessly by Sutton. 

"Did you hear him, Mr. Sutton? — ^isn't 
it awful ? " 

" Hush, Miss Courteney, he's close by." 

A heavy body struck the pillar they were 
behind, and they immediately made oflF to another 
leaving the packages behind them. Groans 
followed. 

" Hallo, you two," shouted in Luke s loudest 



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HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DARK. 267 

voice, nearly sent Belinda into hysterics, 
especially as it was followed by " Sutton, you 
rascal, come down here ; my lamp's lost." 

Then silence again. 

Belinda and Sutton continued to listen 
intently, and jumped with fright when they 
heard muttered close by them : " I wish 
that fellow would stop his lecturing, and 
bring his light here. TU never find my 
way back, it's no use trying." They then 
heard a shuffling sound, as if Luke was 
sitting down, and then, "Wherever are those 
pills ? Oh, here they are. I shan't starve, that's 
one good thing, and I suppose I must wait 
till they come down." 

Then sounds of mastication, not a yard from 
where they were standing. 

" Isn't he greedy ? " whispered Belinda. 

" Hush," responded Sutton, who then began 
to gnash his teeth together, gently keeping 
time with Luke. 



268 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB. 



The chewing sound in front of them stopped. 
Sutton stopped too. 

'Tm certain I heard somebody chewing," 
said Luke, while Belinda having no handkerchief, 
had nearly swallowed her hand in the eflFort to 
suppress a peal of laughter. 

Presently "chump, chump," began again. 
Sutton began too. 

Luke stopped at once. *' There is something, 
Tm sure," they heard him muttering, ''unless 
it's an echo." 

Luke then coughed. 

Sutton, who was a bit of a ventriloquist, 
throwing his voice in the distance, echoed it. 

" Curious," said Luke ; *' what an echo there 
is I Hallo," he shouted. 

*' Hallo," came fiiintly back from Sutton. 

*' How are you?" shouted Luke, beginning 
the series of inane questions people generally 
address to echoes. 

But the echo disdained reply, for Sutton, 



HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DARK. 269 

holding Belinda's hand, parsed swiftly behind 
the pillars to some little distance, and leaving 
Belinda there returned to as nearly the site of 
the silver mine as he could guess, Luke all the 
time vainly continuing his questions to the now 
silent echo. Arrived at the spot he carefully 
placed the electric light on the top, and hiding 
well out of sight, touched the wire, causing it 
instantly to shine, revealing Luke to his own and 
Belinda s eyes sitting at some little distance on 
the ground, caught in the very act of rubbing his 
sore leg, his eyes nearly out of their sockets, and 
his face blanched with terror. 

Sutton rejoined Belinda, leaving the lamp. 

They saw Luke get up and walk to the 
lamp, and look all round the pillar; but, of 
course, he found nothing. Retracing their steps 
rapidly they got behind the wall, and then sang 
out, " Where are you, Luke ? We're coming." 

" Here," shouted poor Luke, feeling generally 
confused. 



270 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

They soon made their appearance, having 
picked up the packages, and were being regaled 
with a full account of the bewitched place when 
Belinda, who could not hold back another 
minute, suddenly exploded, returning Luke's 
look of amazement with peal after peal of 
laughter. 

When all was explained they inspected 
the silver-mine, which turned out not to be 
a mine at all, but a heap of silvery-looking 
nuggets, which Sutton declared were not real 
fiilver, but probably crumpled bits of lead-paper. 
Luke then remembered, to his disgust, that his 
uncle had been in the habit after smokinsc 
of taking small sweets, covered with so-called 
silver-paper, and that there could be no doubt 
that for some reason the bits of paper had 
collected here. 

" Perhaps it isn't silver," he owned at last ; 
*' but anyhow Tve not wasted my time, for look 
here." 



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HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DARK. 271 

Behind one of the pillars lay a long sharp 
bone about the size of a small whale's rib ; but, 
considering their own small dimensions, really, 
probably, a minute bit of a herring-bone, acci- 
dentally swallowed. 

" What of that ? " said Sutton. 

"Our future depends on it. Mole," answered 
Luke. *'The lacteals in these villi are too 
small for us; we must bore." 

*'Do please, Mr. Sutton, explain these villi 
at once. And, Luke, give us some of your 
pills, you greedy boy; we're starving." 

Luke handed the H.F.D.'s., and Sutton began: 

•' These villi, numbering some four millions 
in all, are contrivances for eating fat. They 
are not much like schoolboys, for they eat 
nothing else. Fat is the only thing that 
cannot be absolutely dissolved. It is reduced 
to oil, this is finely subdivided into most minute 
drops — as in milk — and if you look carefully 
at the upper part of one of these pillars you 



272 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



will see rows of small feelers, like sea anemones. 
These have the power of seizing and passing 
in\vards the fat globules, which are then passed 
onward from cell to cell in this pillar till they 
reach the middle, where an open tube begins, 
called a lacteal, into which they all pass ; or 
they are fetched and carried between the surface 
and the lacteal in the centre by a special set 
of messenger cells, called amcehoid cells. In 
addition to this these villi are furnished with 
long muscles, which, when the lacteal in the 
centre has swallowed as much as it can contain, 
squeeze the pillar up to half its length, and 
so force out the contents of the small lacteal 
into the larger ones below." 

** Well, we are wonderfully made. I never 
dreamt of such things," said Belinda, in genuine 
amazement. 

"Your plan, Luke, was it not, was to enter 
one of these lacteals, and so get into the 
thoracic duct ? " 



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BIDE AND SEEK IS TEE DARK. 



"Yea, old fellow; but now that I find they 
are only about four inches in diameter, I fear 




V'at Glabnie. 
Lnysr of Feelera. 
OiiOr Cell Layer. 

Amneboid Celli, 
Miidole to pull Lacteal 



Miii^cle Layor. 
l'a(Qloba1eB(Cb7le). 



I _r>- 



B (hightj magnifled}. 
ShoniDg Ihe ubsorptiou of the fkt globalei. 

we are not quite thin enough to squeeze 
through." 



274 TRAVELS m THE INTERIOR 

*' We shall be soon," said Belinda ruefully, 
''if we get nothing but H.F.D. My clothes 
are getting very loose." 

" Well, what do you propose, Luke ? " 

" Simply, old fellow, to bore down here at 
the base, between two of these villi, till we 
reach the larger lacteal into which they both 
empty, and then proceed on our travels." 

" Bore ! What with ? " 

**With a living gimlet," said the resource- 
ful Luke calmly. 

''What do you mean, Pill?" 

" You both see this sharp bone. Well, I 
propose w^e three be fastened to it head first 
in a row. I will go last, then you, Belinda, and 
Mr. Mole in front. The sharp spike will pro- 
ject a foot in front of him, and with our com- 
bined w^eight behind, and my sharp stick, we 
will soon reach the vessel, which will be large 
enough to hold us one behind another in this 
way, but in no other." 



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HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DABK. 275 



Belinda looked dubious. Sutton looked 
thoughtful, and began walking up and down. 
Luke alone was calm and triumphant. He had 
already produced all the powder he had left 
and got the fine wire rope ready, when suddenly 
Sutton, who had been groping about behind 
a villus, gave a yell of delight and appeared 
dragging after him what looked at first like 
another fish-bone, but turned out to be a long 
white hair, to their eyes being at least a hundred 
yards long. 

" What's the matter, Sutton ; have you got a 
new rope ? " 

** Why — that is — you know. Oh I I say. 
Glorious — glorious ! " said Sutton incoherently. 

'*Come, Mole, be lucid, do. What's the 
excitement ? " 

''Look here," said Sutton. "Oh! I say, 
it's glorious. Thank goodness, it's all over. 
It's more than I ever hoped for. Luke, 
old fellow, your fortune's made, and yours, 

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276 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 

Miss Courteney, and all of us. Hip, hip, 
hurrah I " 

Belinda at first looked mystified, but as 
the three lines muttered by the hag in the 
bazaar at Trebizonde came back to her, she 
began to understand, and, rushing up to Sutton, 
seized his hand with both of hers : 

**You dear, kind, good Mr. Sutton; you're 
our deliverer. Don't you remember, Pill ? 

" Les cheveux blancs 
Entre vos dents 
Vous fera grands. 

WeVe only to swallow that hair and we shall 
be all right again." 

Sutton was just placing the end of the 
hair between his teeth, when Luke rushed 
at him, and snatched it away. 

" You're demented. Mole ! Don't touch it 
at your peril. What will happen if you begin 
to grow here ? Why, you'll reach the roof, 
and go on, and uncle will develop a huge 



HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DABK. 277 

tumour, and on you'll go, and eventually he 
must blow up, and then you walk out calmly 
and say : * Captain Goodchild, I believe.' No, 
no, you'll be the death of all of us. Now weVe 
got that precious hair — there is only one — 111 
coil it carefully up, and tie it round my body, 
and, when we get near the surface, then we'll 
work our way out, and then cut it into three, 
and each swallow our share." 

" Oh, glorious, glorious," said Belinda ; 
" what a time we're ha vino: ! " 

'* If we cannot get quite to the surface we'll 
get as near as possible up in the neck, and 
then, if we do enlarge under his skin, hell 
not think much of it; at any rate, it won't 
kill him. To eat it now — that is, if that old 
witch is to be trusted — means certain death, 
either to him or us, and perhaps to both." 

" Come along," said Sutton ; " I'm happy 
now I've found that; let us push on to the 
end." 



278 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

" I think that is the wisest plan," said 
Luke, coiling the precious hair tightly round 
his body, and securing it firmly. "Now, 
Belinda, Sutton and I will fasten you on, 
then ril fasten Sutton, and then myself." 
So saying, he dragged the huge bone along the 
ground. 

" Promise you won't hurt me or kill me, 
Pill, and Vl\ do anything ; but this is awful, 
I declare." 

" Never mind, Bozy, lie down. The ground 
is damp, but you cannot get wet." 

"It may be a long time before I shall be 
able to speak to you again, Mr. Sutton," said 
poor Belinda, " so I now say good-bye, and 
thank you so very much for all your in- 
teresting lectures." She then shook hands with 
Sutton, who was visibly aflfected, and then, 
instructed by Luke, she lay down, and clasped 
the bone tightly about the middle. She was 
then firmly fastened to it by the arms, waist. 



HIDE AND SEEK IN THE DARK. 279 

and ankles, and completely united to it by a 
sheathing of gutta-percha. A package was 
fastened at her feet, and another at her head. 
Sutton was then lashed just in front of the 
package at Belindas head, by his hands and 
his waist, his leo;s beino^ left free to kick. From 
his waist upwards he was also united to the 
bone by a sheathing of gutta-percha. Luke 
surveyed the two, and then, having given 
Sutton full directions, went to the back, trusting 
to hold on tight enough, as he could neither 
be lashed on nor sheathed with the gutta-percha. 
The front of the bone was nearly touching the 
base of a villus ; j ust behind was another, near 
Sutton's feet. Luke raised his end of the bone, 
thus throwing the sharp point down into the soft 
flesh, and he and Sutton, both kicking vigorously 
against the villi behind them, succeeded in 
forcing the front of the bone and Sutton's 
head and shoulders into an unusually wide 
pit in the floor of the duodenum. They entered 



280 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



it at a very acute angle, and, by dint of kick- 
ing and hard work, gradually worked their way 
deeper and deeper through the bottom of it till 
first Belinda went in, then Luke, and then the 
wounded floor of the duodenum closed over 
his legs and the end of the bone, and for the 
first time, on the afternoon of the sixth day 
of their week's tour, were they really "inside 
their uncle;" the three together, bone and all, 
being about as long actually as the width of 
the point of a J pen. 

Of course, they couldn't talk, nor could 
they take anything but a straight course. The 
material was soft and yielding, only they could 
see nothing, as they had extinguished their 
lights for the present. 

Luke's instructions were to proceed till 
they reached a lacteal, of which he knew 
a perfect network existed below the base of 
the villi. Slowly the living gimlet was forced 
along by their four vigorous legs, Belinda, 



L 



HIBE AND SEEK IN THE BARK. 281 

doomed to inactivity and silence, in a state 
of great disgust ; until, at last, the easier 
motion of the bone told Luke that Sutton 
had probably entered one of the tubes. Nor 
was he mistaken, for in another instant he found 
himself in a smooth pipe, being slowly pushed 
along by its contractions behind him, as in 
his passage the day before down the oesophagus. 



CHAPTER XVI. 

THE PIMPLE ON THE CAITAIN's NECK. 

They enter the smooth pipe of a lacteal, and after several 
adventures are swept into the great lake of the chyle — 
They pass the last night of the week's tour in a water- 
proof cave — They then ascend, by a series of lifts and 
trap-doors, about half-a-mile along the thoracic duct to 
the left shoulder, where its contents are discharged 
into the blood stream — Wonderful scene here — All the 
process described — They work up a small vein under 
the skin — Then each swallows part of hair — They 
rapidly increase and emerge — Ik^linda sees her uncle's 
face, when 

** Surely this is a lacteal," he said to himself, 
as he felt the smooth walls. *'Now we will 



look out for a halting-place, as we shall have 
no more boring to do." 

They had, in fact, struck into one of the 



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THE PIMPLE ON TEE CAPTAIN'S NECK. 283 

main lymphatics (here called lacteals, because 
they convey chyle, a substance like milk, owing 
to the finely subdivided fat it contains, from 
the duodenum to the great thoracic duct) that 
form such an intricate network in this part of 
the body ; and, as tributaries continually joined 
on each side, each with a little stream trickling 
along them, they soon found they did not 
require to push with their feet, for the stream 
became sufficiently powerful to carry them along. 
The channel was, however, extremely tor- 
tuous, and at one turn sharper than usual they 
stuck fast. The time for action had now arrived. 
Luke wriggled past Belinda up to Sutton, whom 
he unfastened, and the two set to work at 
Belinda, who was highly delighted to be free. 
They determined to proceed now without the 
bone, holding a conversation on the subject 
under considerable difficulties. In the first 
place, up to this moment it was pitch-dark ; 
secondly, it was very warm, and the gutta- 



284 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

percha began to get quite sticky; and lastly, 
they were stuck in a narrow tube, very little 
larger than themselves, in which they could 
not turn round ; to say nothing of a pretty 
rapid stream flowing along all round them. 
Luke's ingenuity, however, which was great, 
here came to the rescue. The first thing ho 
did was to light his lamp. Having now taken 
up a position in front of Sutton, he threw its 
rays backward above the stream, carefully scan- 
ning the sides of the tube, and soon he 
found what he sought in the shape of a couple 
of large flaps just behind Belinda. 

"Bozy," he said, "just look back, and put 
your two feet against those two flaps, and push 
them out from the wall and backwards." 

Belinda fitted her feet against them, and 
easily closed the valve of which they formed 
the two swing-doors. So beautifully were they 
made, that as they met in the middle the stream, 
being at once stopped, instantly dried up. 




THE PIMPLE ON THE CAPTAIN '8 NECK. 285 

"I think, Pill, that all that stream will 
soon burst this door open," said Belinda. 

" I think not, Bozy, and for this reason : 
These lymphatics form such a complete network, 
that if the lymph cannot get by one channel 
it can choose half-a-dozen others ; so that uncle 
is feeling no inconvenience." 

" I shall know for the future, however," 
observed Sutton drily, " that when I feel a sharp 
pain under my waistcoat buttons, it is very 
likely due to a couple of surgeons and a young 
lady riding along my lacteals on a fish-bone, 
and who have got stuck fast at some corner." 

Luke now turned his lamp up the dry 
channel. Just above him two small branches, 
one on each side, joined the main trunk. No 
fluid, however, came back along the latter, for 
a little further on were another pair of valves, 
which, having no stream now to force them 
open, were at once flung back by the fluid 
beyond, the pressure of which kept them as 



TWrJtliS IN THK I.VTKRIDK. 



:\ 



tiglitly closoil AS IWUmWd boota did ttio \\\>\>\'v 
vulve. 

Sutton nml Luko tlit>i( wvi^glovl hIoii^, 
ami I-ukc iutwtUiowi Iuh tova wml Kiwor mu»'ly 
into inH> litllo tuW, wliilo button tightly lltlotl 
iuU> nuotlu-r — tlioir two liomU, willi llflimlii'i* 
a littlt> furthrr down, tliim fitrniiiiH iiii inoMnOvH 
triaiiglo. 

"Oiirioiw nlm-i' \\m, Minn (.VmiiIi'IU'V." unit! 
Huttoi). 

"I M m tIcliKlilnl, Mr. HtiMuii, til l<riii^. 
rrulft/ itiHiilx iini'It< iit. tiinl, [ lliMiif<li|. w" 
nhould iii'vcr nH lioii'. How liniulil'iilly llii^ 
tubu lit iiiiiilc, tuiil wliiil lovi'])- lilllo ilounil 
Do toll nut HoiiiclliiiiK iilioul il lii'l'mit Wit 
start iigaiti, iiiid vv)iili< l,iil(o iin'nti}(rN out' 
further |il(iiin." 

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llUVU C{l)ilu li'li tlld digi'Ntivn H^ntl'tU ol' ('MptMlli 

<JouiI<:liild, luitl liiivi) i-lilci'i'd liin aliMnlH-nl. 
iiyvti'iii, or uiiu o( tht^ iiiuiri vhiiiinnlN )ty wliiiili 



riiK riui'i.K 1I.V niN t'irni\-i si-i'h 



lllil illniiilvoil III ill|ii'<li><l I I ii I'liiiii'il I'l 

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mil. h Il III" liliiMil lill iii'iili I" il"< ii'iiii 

llllll Ii|llll. II li'M ill Il.'ll I I. I I.I. 

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ri'iiiii iiiiii I i<iiii.' "I II i.i'iii " 

"Wliiii il ltiii|iii. Ml Hull. Ill' 

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llllll. nil I'liiiiliiinliiiii |.|.|iil niil.'i, nil. I II i.. 



266 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 

tightly closed as Belinda's boots did the upper 
valve. 

Sutton and Luke then wriggled along, 
and Luke introduced his toes and lower moiety 
into one little tube, while Sutton tightly fitted 
into another — their two heads, with Belinda's 
a little further down, thus formiDg an isosceles 
triangle. 

"Curious place this, Miss Courteney," said 
SuttoD. 

" I feel so delighted, Mr. Sutton, at being 
really inside uncle at last. I thought we 
should never get here. How beautifully this 
tube is made, and what lovely little doors ! 
Do tell me somethiog about it before we 
start again, and while Luke arranges our 
further plans." 

*'In the first place. Miss Courteney, w^e 
have quite left the digestive system of Captain 
Goodchild, and have entered his absorbent 
system, or one of the main channels by which 



THE PIMPLE ON THE CAPTAIN *S NEGK. 287 



the dissolved or digested food is carried to 
the myriads of starving cells that make up 
what we call our bodies. A large propor- 
tion of the food passes, as you know, directly 
from the duodenum into the small blood- 
vessels, and thence into the liver ; but a large 
portion, and all the fat which feeds the lamp 
of life, passes along these channels, and does 
not reach the blood till nearly two miles from 
this spot. Besides dissolved food, however, 
side channels are continually pouring in lymph 
from diflFerent parts of the system." 
"What is lymph, Mr. Sutton?" 
"No one knows exactly. It comes from 
every part of the body, and certainly is not 
of the nature of food, but possibly to some 
extent the product of the oxygenation of the 
tissues." 

" Would you say that in English, please ? " 

"The heating of the body. You know 
that all combustion produces water, and it is 



288 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

probable that while the greater part of lymph 
consists of the superfluous fluid that transudes 
through the porous walls of the smaller blood- 
vessels, some part at least may be due to 
this cause." 

'* And where does all this stream go to ? " 

" That we are now going to see, Bozy," 
interposed Luke. *'The great point is for us not 
to get separated, for if we do, what with the 
current, which will soon get very strong and 
rapid, and the numerous channels, w^e are safe 
to be lost. I think. Mole, TU go first this 
time, then a package, then Belinda, then the 
other package, and then you." 

** Well, get up the steam and let us start. 
You shall be the engine, and V\l be the 
guard's van." 

"I shan't require to kick any more, Mole, 
so ril hitch the rope well round my legs." 

Luke now wriggled like a worm up out 
of his hole, and having made good his w^ords, 




THE PIMPLE ON THE CAPTAIN'S NECK. 289 



next fastened a package tightly to it, and then, 
working slowly down to Belinda, passed a noose 
finnly round her waist and ankles, and told 
her to hold on to the rope with both hands. 

**Now, Mole," he said to Sutton, "we must 
start, and as Belinda comes along the valve 
will open, and the stream rush in and float 
us past you. Just seize the rope then, and 
when I feel the * chuck ' FU halt by putting 
my stick, which I shall hold, crosswise. Now, 
Belinda, come along." 

Belinda removed her feet from the valve, 
which immediately flew open, and in rushed 
the stream. As they passed Sutton, Luke 
pushing open the front valve with his head, he 
wished them good-bye, and then seized the rope 
and gave a good tug. Luke pulled up, and 
Sutton tied on the other package and noosed 
the end of the rope round his waist firmly, 
and holding on tightly gave another chuck. 

Luke pulled his stick out of the sides, and 

u 



290 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB. 



away the train started, leaving their faithful 
fish-bone stuck fast behind them. 

The channel was certainly exceedingly 
crooked. Now they swung round to the 
left, and then again in a semicircle to the 
right; but the living chain composed of 
these five links being perfectly flexible, there 
was no danger of sticking fast. The tube, too, 
was rapidly increasing in size, and so was the 
volume and force of the current. 

They all enjoyed the rapid and easy 
motion, Belinda undoubtedly most of all ; and 
with the happy prospect before them of soon 
regaining their natural size, it is not surprising 
they formed as merry a party as ever 
journeyed along a lymphatic. 

The size of the tube now indicated they 
were approaching the grand reservoir, where 
all the lymph returning from the lower 
parts of the body, becomes mixed with the 
chyle from the duodenum, etc., before both 



i 



TEE PIMPLE ON THE CAPTAIN'S NECK. 291 

start on their "journey due north" along the 
left thoracic duct up to the shoulder. 

In another minute they were swept out 
of the mouth of the tube into the large cavern, 
some 150 yards long by thirty or forty 
broad. It was nearly, but not quite full of 
a milky white fluid. 

Keeping by Luke's directions close to 
the side, they found the outlet of another 
pipe nearly empty, sufficiently capacious to 
hold the three of them pretty comfortably. 

" Here," said Luke, " we sleep for the last 
time inside our uncle. Get in, Belinda, or 
Sutton first, and take this little bit of powder 
and stop up the pipe higher up, so that we 
shall be kept dry, and FU glaze the front." 

In a short time, the three were snugly 
ensconced in a dry chamber, enjoying their last 
supper; outside, tossing up and down, was 
what Belinda had already christened "The 

White Sea." 

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292 TRAVELS IN THE INTEBIOB. 



Still closely enveloped in their indiarubber 
skins, and with their invaluable respirators in 
full working order; Luke with the precious 
packages of gold safe, and the still more precious 
white hair coiled round his waist; the electric 
lamps, in spite of their rough usage, still in perfect 
order ; no wonder the three were in high spirits. 

And yet on what a slender thread their 
lives hung 1 The skin destroyed, the respirator 
damaged, and all would be over, for they were 
far away from the external air, lying close 
against the front of the lower part of the 
backbone or spine of Captain Goodchild, being 
thus as nearly as possible in the exact centre 
of his body. 

Next morning, they travelled in the same 
order as the day before. 

First of all, Luke uncoiled the faithful rope 
and secured Belinda well round the waist and 
ankles, telling her to hold tightly on ; then a 
package was fastened in front and another behind 




THE PIMPLE OxV THE CAPTAIN'S NECK. 293 



her, then Sutton noosed himself on bjhind, and 
lastly Luke taking a turn round his own body, 
burst open the door of their little room. 
In flowed the milky waters of the White Sea, 
and they were covered in an instant. 

** We're drowned, liuke," shouted Belinda. 

"Not a bit of it, Bozy. Don't you under- 
stand that you can live as well under water 
as above it, as long as your respirator holds 
good, and be as dry too as long as your gutta- 
percha is sound ? Push along, Sutton, and let 
us get out of this hole." 

Sutton pushed forward through the fluid, 
and the whole chain, once free from the side, 
slowly floated up to the surface. 

Arrived there they found themselves in the 
upper end of the cavern, where it began 
narrowing off into a round tube, sonae twenty 
yards in diameter. At this moment the surface 
of the sea was quite still. 

*'Mr. SuttoD," said Belinda, as they floated 



294 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

about, "how is it all this cavern is filled, 
excepting this little bit at the top ? " 

" Your uncle, Miss Courteney, is probably 
now in the erect position ; last night he was 
probably lying down. We have now to ascend 
up this tube over our heads, a vertical height 
of about three-quarters of a mile, or nearly as 
high as from the Lake of Lucerne to the top 
of the Eighi." 

*' How in the world are we to manage that, 
Mr. Sutton ? We are quite still here. Can we 
climb up ? " 

" Fm afraid even your brother would find 
such a task impossible. No ; we shall ascend 
somewhat as if we were sitting in a lift, or 
an elevator in an hotel/' 

"Do you mean this is a sort of ascending 
room, Mr. Sutton ? " said Belinda, her eyes 
expanding under the gutta-percha. 

"Come, Sutton, draw it mild; don't be 
humbugging my sister." 



THE PIMPLE ON THE CAPTAIN'S NEOK. 295 



" I assure you, Luke, I have no such in- 
tention. The room does not ascend. Miss 
Courteney, but we do, on the top of the fluid. 
This tube, the whole way up, is furnished at short 
intervals with sets of powerful valves, or 
trap-doors, or if you like, lock gates (like 
those in a canal), and the tube itself is 
very " 

" Squcezeable," said Belinda. 

**Just so. Miss Courteney, and whenever 
it is pressed upon, as it is in the action of 
breathing, walking, and other movements, the 
tube, and even the great cavern we are in get 
a squeeze, which you will find quite perceptible, 
and forces the fluid upwards through a pair of 
these trap-doors, which immediately closing 
behind prevent it from flowing back again, 
and so we gradually ascend through each pair 
of doors right up to the top." 

"Then we've nothing to do." 

" Nothing whatever but to admire the 



296 TllA VELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

scenery; the view, however, just here not being 
very extensive." 

" How jolly, Pill ! Why, this is the best 

part of the whole tour. I always loved lifts ; 
and fancy going up such a height, and no 
danger of the rope breaking ! " 

At that moment, a heaving of the water 
as from some subaqueous convulsion was 
plainly felt by all three, and they found 
themselves, to Belinda's intense delight, rising 
rapidly up the tube. They had not, how- 
ever, gone far before they saw, just above 
their heads, that the tube was closed by a 
ponderous pair of fleshy valves, or trap-doors, 
tightly meeting in the middle. 

"We shall get a fearful squeeze here," said 
Luke. 

" Oh, no," said Sutton, " we shall only be 
pushed just under the water." 

And so it happened. Our three travellers 
were forced up against the valves as they 



THE PUrPLE ON THE CAPTAIN'S NECK. 297 

floated on the top, and these not yielding, 
they themselves were forced under the surface 
of the liquid column, which then meeting the 
gates, pushed them easily open into a fresh 
length of the tube. 

This process went on, with prolonged 
intervals for rest, during a great part of that 
morning, so that it was not until lunch-time 
when, according to the calculations of Sutton 
and Luke, they ought to be nearing the 
top. 

"Now, Mole, we must look out here," said 
Luke; **we arc approaching the most dan- 
gerous and critical point of our whole tour." 

"How do you mean. Pill?'' 

"Just this, Bozy. The next heave may 
lift us through that valve above, which is 
probably the last one, and if so, we shall 
find the tube give a downward bend just 
before it joins the left sub-clavian vein. You 
will there see a fair imitation of the Falls 



298 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



of Niagara ; and if we get swept into the 
whirlpool, it is all over with us." 

*'0h, Pill, dear, do take <5are; I am sure 



we're rising now." 



"Take this hook quickly, Sutton," shouted 
Luke excitedly, **and the moment we pass 
through, the valve, fix it firmly in the wall 
and keep tight hold of Belinda with the other 
hand, and I wull do the same on the other 
side. Our lives depend on the next five 
minutes. If we are swept into the vein, we 
are lost for ever." 

The water rapidly rose, the trap-doors opened, 
and above, the tube w^as seen to arch suddenly 
in a horizontal direction. This was the end of 
the thoracic duct. It was a moment of intense 
excitement, and on account of their minute 
size fraught with the utmost peril. Fortunately 
they floated near the side of the tube, and 
gave Sutton and Luke the opportunity of 
digging their hooks vigorously into the walls. 



TEE PIMPLE ON THE CAPTAIN'S NECK. 299 



The water rushed on, submerging them com- 
pletely, and it was with the utmost diflSculty 
the two retained their hold of the wall and 
of Belinda. At last all the fluid had swept 
past, and our adventurous trio were left high 
and dry at the end of the thoracic duct. The 
prospect before them was magnificent ; right 
in front from above dashed down a maelstrom 
of waters (really of blood), joined just below 
them by another of equal grandeur, which, 
meeting the first at right angles, formed a 
tremendous tumult, the combined cascades dis- 
appearing down a vast gulf below, not less 
than seventy yards in diameter. 

" Mr. Sutton," whispered Belinda, "do please 
tell me what that is." 

**You see. Miss Courteney, the blood from 
the head returning down the left jugular vein 
to the heart, and below, as you see, it meets 
with the blood returning from the left arm 
down the left sub-clavian vein. Our duct, as 



300 TRAVELS IxV THE INTERIOR. 



you see, pours its contents (minus ourselves) 
into the stream at this point. So that this is the 
precise spot where much of the nutrition from 
breakfast, dinner, tea, and supper, really enters 
the stream of life. But, I say, Luke, I don t 
quite see what your next move is." 

"You will in a moment, Mole. You must 
know that at the outside we are not above 
two hundred yards now from the surface, and 
if you look carefully at that right-hand corner, 
just at the very edge of the precipice, you 
w^ill notice a small stream pouring by itself 
into the others." 

"I see it," said Sutton; **it is a small vein." 

" Precisely," said Luke, '* and that vein 
comes from " 

*^The skin!" said Sutton. ** Bravo, old 
fellow, you'll have us out yet ; I know you will." 

" I hope so," said Luke ; " at any rate we'll 
try. Follow me with the hook, Sutton, step 
by step, till we get alongside this little pipe." 



\ 



TEE PIMPLE ON' THE CAPTAIN'S NECK. 301 



The three cautiously worked their way across 
the slippery floor bit by bit, and at last got 
close to the mouth of the small vein. 

" Now," said Luke, " for climbiug," and to 
their alarm he untied the rope and scrambled 
along the very edge of the precipice, right up 
into the mouth of the pipe, which was not 
above six feet in diameter. 

"I say,'' he shouted, ''be as quick as you 
can. I am too near the edge to be comfort- 
able," and he gave a shuddering glance at the 
wild maelstrom below. "Sutton, you must 
come next. Give your hook to poor Bozy, 
and put the rope round her. Here it is ; " and 
down came the coil of rope, Luke retaining 
one end in his hand. 

There was no time to be lost. Sutton care- 
fully adjusted the rope under Belinda's arms, 
told her to hook firmly on to the wall, and 
keep perfectly still till they were ready to pull, 
and he then finally untied her and himself from 



302 TRAVELS m THE INTERIOR 



the rope that had so long bound the three 
together. He then, with great difficulty, and 
some assistance from Luke, climbed up, and 
the two, giving the signal, pulled up Belinda, 
dangling in a most horrible way over the 
bottomless abyss below. The three were then 
safe in the vein, down the floor of which at 
the moment a small stream was running to 
fall over the edge and contribute its mite to 
the Niagara below. 

" The packages, the packages ! " shouted 
Luke, looking down. "Oh dear, oh dear, look 
at them ! " 

Belinda and Sutton peered down, and saw 
that a fresh stream of water having come up 
the tube, had burst open the gates, and at 
that moment was sweeping the two packages 
of gold over the edge. 

As a last chance Luke, with his hook on 
the end of the rope, threw it down like light- 
ning, and tried to grapple them. But in vain. 



THE PIMPLE ON THE CAPTAIN'S NECK. 303 

a 

The hook touched the package but did not 
get any hold, and all their worldly wealth slowly 
balanced on the edge, then toppled over, making 
them feel perfectly sick to see the fearful distance 
they fell before they were finally lost to sight. 

" There, gone at last. Pill ! " said Belinda. 
" What will you do ? " 

"Remain poor, I suppose, Bozy; but never 
mind, we're here safe and sound, and that's 
something to be thankful for, at any rate. I say, 
Sutton, that was rather blood-curdling, wasn't it?" 

" It's an awful place, old fellow, and the sooner 
we're away from it the better, I say. Come 
along." 

So they groped their way for some time 
steadily upwards along the winding tube till a 
shout from Belinda, who had got in front, 
stopped them. 

" What is it, Bozy ? " 

" Oh, Pill, dear, look up without your lamp ; 
did you ever see such an exquisite rosy light ? " 



* 



304 TBAVEL8 IN TEE INTERIOR. 



" Put out your lamp, Sutton," said Luke, 
"here we are at the surface. Do you see the 
light coming through the skin ? " 

'*0h, how lovely this is, Mr. Sutton!*' said 
Belinda. *' Is this really daylight at last that we 
see ? " 

** I believe it is. Miss Courteney," said 
Sutton. " We must be just under the skin at the 
side of his neck." 

" Now," said Luke, " the time has come for 
resuming our proper place in society. We now 
leave the internal world with all its wonders for 
the external. We have had a wonderful week, 
take it altogether ; and one that I do not 
think I am likely to forget." 

"It will be our own fault if after this we 
are not the first physiologists in Europe, 
Luke," said Sutton. 

"I never could have believed, Pill," said 
Belinda in her turn, " that we were so beautiful 
inside. I have seen more wonderful things in t]ie 




TBE FIMPLE ON THE OAPTAIN'S NEOK. 305 

last week than in all my life before, and what 
is more, than I shall ever see again. I hope now, 
Pill, we won't hurt uncle in getting out." 

"No fear at all," said Luke, producing 
the white hair, which he broke in three ; " we 
shall only raise a small pimple on his neck, 
which will break and let us free. Now for it. 
We must take off our masks and respirators, and 
put the end of the hair between our teeth." 

" Yes," said Sutton, ** I remember : 

" Les cheveux blancs 
Entre vos dents 
Vous fera grands. 

And now I suppose it's to come true." 

" Are you ready?" said Luke. " Once, twice, 
thrice ! Now then, off with them, and put the 
end of the hair between your teeth, and you'll 
feel yourself begin to rise like bread." 

It was an interesting and unique spectacle, 
whichever way you looked at it. Within, you 

saw the three tearing off their masks andrespira- 

z 



306 



TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 



tors that had served them so well, and insertiDg 
the end of a white hair, the size of a small 
telegraph post, between their teeth. Without, 
in a moment you saw a small pimple rapidly 
rising at the side of Captain Goodchild's sun- 
burnt neck, and in an instant burst, and three 
fairy-like little specks appear. 

" Glorious ! " said Belinda. " Tm out, and 
getting bigger very fast. Oh dear, oh dear ! 
there are his whiskers. Oh, how tall Tm getting ! 
I shall fall off, 1 know I shall. There now, he's 
turning his head. Oh dear, there's his face. 
Uncle ! uncle ! " 



CHAPTER XVII., AND LAST. 

EXPLAINS A GOOD DEAL, BUT NOT ALL. 

Belinda finds she is still in the arm-chair in the Inn, and 
the Captain before her — She wakes up Luke and 
Sutton, and all stare at the Captain so rudely that he 
leaves — ^Thej then discuss the matter, and eventually 
decide it is a dream, and that they have all dreamt the 
same because they were placed en rapport by all 
touching each other during sleep. 



" Why, my love, you look frightened ; what's 
the matter ? YouVe been asleep." 

Belinda stared. There was her uncle standing 
before her. She could not help instinctively 
looking at his neck for the pimple, but was 
unable to utter a word. 

" Come, Belinda, rouse up. Why, I declare 
these two rascals are asleep too." 



308 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR 

Belinda looked round, being perfectly cer- 
tain that she had suddenly gone out of her 
mind. There on one side of her was Luke 
snoring in an arm-chair, a newspaper by his 
side on the floor ; while on the other side of 
her was Sutton fast asleep on the sofa. Still 
she could not speak. 

" Belinda, rouse up, and don't go glaring 
about in that uncanny manner," said Captain 
Good child. 

Belinda now stared again at the Captain, and 
then, with a mighty efibrt, roused herself to speak. 

'* Where am I?" 

" Where ? Why, asleep in the hotel, to be 
sure," said the Captain. " Come, rouse up, all 
of you ; we must start oflf soon." 

Belinda burst out violently laughing. She 
laughed and laughed till she woke Luke, who 
sat up and stared in such a wild, idiotic manner 
that made her ten times worse. So off* she 
went again till she woke up Sutton, and the 



EXPLAINS A GOOD DEAL. 309 

two sat blinking at her like two owls, without 
uttering one word. 

At last Belinda stopped for breath. 

''Luke/' she said, "where are you?*' 

" Where am I, Bozy ? " replied the youth 
in a bewildered state. *' Why, this beats all. 
Where are we, Sutton ? " 

"Well, all I can say," said the latter, "a 
minute ago I was rising like bread on the 
Captain's neck, but I don't know what Fm 
doing now." 

"You're a couple of fools," said Captain 
Goodchild ; " a good stick would do you both 
good. You talk for all the world as if you 
had lost your senses. What are you both 
staring at me for?" 

For Luke, Belinda, and Sutton, were all 
gazing at the Captain : Luke at his teeth, 
Belinda at his eye-glasses, and Sutton at his 
handkerchief, just appearing out of his coat- 
pocket ; and then they all looked at each other. 



l)ut tlicy still went on 
Lis throat with atrfctioiiate 
vicarage;" Beliada at his 
wonders of **the organ loft;" > 
surveyed his waistcoat, trying 
American cousins say, the po 
taculum chyli and the coun 
duct. 

Now Captain Goodchild 
and mild temper, but such un 
he could not understand, so 
slammed the door. 

** Where are we ? " said Li 
it all mean?" 

"Mean?" said Sutton; ' 



EXPLAINS A GOOD DEAL. 



311 



Belinda. "But how — that's what I want to 
know?" 

** Is this, then, the inn at Trebizonde ? " said 
Luke. 

*' Certainly it is," said Belinda ; " and there's 
the table he sat at, and there's the door we 
crept under." 

" I say," said Sutton, jumping up, " I've 
got it." 

"Got what. Mole?" 

"Why, we've been asleep, all this time." 

" Asleep ? " said Luke and Belinda. 

"Of course we have," said Sutton, "and 
dreamt it." 

" Dreamt what ? " said the two. 

"Why, all about oiir travels," said Sutton. 

" Sutton," said Luke severely, " I'm ashamed 
of you, after all the perils we've just passed 
through together for the last week, to say we've 
dreamt it." 



312 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 

" Well, Mr. Sutton,'' said Belinda, *' I don't 
know, of course, what you'll say next ; I think 
it is far more likely we are dreaming now." 

" Perhaps we are," said Sutton ; " come, 
jump up, Luke," and he brought his hand 
down with a tremendous smack on his knee, 
" get up." 

Luke sprang up, and so did the other two. 

Clearly they were standing in the inn 
parlour at Trebizonde, three very ordinary- 
looking, somewhat dishevelled mortals, with 
not a trace about them of their wonderful 
adventures, but looking, on the contrary, 
decidedly commonplace. 

"You said we dreamt it, Sutton." 

"Yes, I did, Luke.'' 

"Well, I say it's clearly impossible. If 
you had said you had dreamt it, well and 
good, but three of us cannot dream the same 
dream." 

"Now, Mr. Sutton, do you remember 






EXPLAINS A GOOD DEAL, 313 



your lecture to me in the * gasteer,* and 
how you frightened us with calling out * Miss 
Courteney, I believe/ down the shaft?" 

** Certainly I do, and how we shot down 
the gullet, and more recently how we lost 
the gold." 

" Well, then," said Luke, " seeing we have 
all had the same experiences, how can we 
have dreamed it? People don't dream the 
same dream." 

" Sometimes they do," said Sutton. " Now 
let me ask Miss Courteney a question : when 
your uncle woke you. Miss Courteney, did you 
notice anything ? " 

" Yes, of course I did, Mr. Sutton. I 
noticed uncle's neck where I was a moment 
before, very particularly." 

"I mean," said Sutton, '* anything about 



us." 



" 1 can't say I did, except that you were 
both asleep. Oh, yes, I did, though. I 



314 TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR. 



noticed, Mr. Sutton, that your left arm was 
hanging over the sofa, and resting on my 
dress." 

"Just so," said Sutton, in triumph; "and 
what about Luke?" 

"I saw," said Belinda, "that his heavy 
boot was lying on my foot, so that I could 
hardly pull it away." 

"Just as I thought," said Sutton again, 
in triumph; "all is explained." 

" Perhaps," said Luke sarcastically, " if 
all is so extremely clear to yourself, you will 
not mind letting us share your light. I do?i't 
see yet how we have all three dreamed the 
same dream — if dream it was." 

"Why," said Sutton, "the secret is, we 
all three were touching each other all the 
time we slept, and hence were placed eii 
rapport, and our thoughts were therefore in 
connection with each other, beiucj no lon^i^er 
controlled by our will. You and I are phy- 



V 



EXPLAINS A aOOD DEAL. 316 

siologists — what wonder, then, that our dream 
took a physiological turn and overpowered the 
weaker current from Miss Courteney's ? " 

" You are very rude, Mr. Sutton," said 
Belinda, flaring up. " I don't aee that my 
brain is so very weak." 

" I beg your pardon, Miss Courteney, I 
never for a moment intended to imply that 
it was. I only meant that the united force 
of our two brains was stronger than your 
single one." 

"If you had directed our dream, Bozy," 
said Luke, " it would have been all about dress ; 
so you must thank us you have been so much 
entertained and instructed." 

" There are mysteries in dress as well," 
said Belinda thoughtfully. 

" I think, Luke," said Sutton, " you will 
find that our touching each other is the true 
solution of this mystery, at any rate. I have 
read how two lines of thought may be united 



316 



TRAVELS IN THE INTEEIOB. 



by physical contact, when the wills are passive, 
as in thought-reading and other phenomena; 
but certainly, we have just had a very remark- 
able illustration of it." 

"Very," said Luke. 

" Very," said Belinda. 



TFIK END. 



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